i-am-a-wallflower asked: I will probably be applying to grad school by the end of next year. Do you happen to know of any programs that are more practice based instead of research based? Is there a way to search for them specifically instead of meticulously going through each programs' requirements separately? I am ADD and horrible at writing papers or theses. I don't want to go into research with my career, more so physical or museum work. Any thoughts? Thank you! Love your blog!
Great question! Unfortunately, I don’t know that such a tool exists yet. I’d recommend investing in CAA’s Directories of Graduate Programs, which
“describe curricula, class size, faculty specializations, admission and degree requirements, library and studio facilities, opportunities for fellowships and assistantships, and more.”
The Directories are only available for purchase. You can buy them in PDF format or print format ($21 for the Curatorial & Museum Studies one, $29 for the art history one + shipping for the print version). There’s also a Conservation & Historic Preservation directory but it’s only available to purchase in E-Book format for $18. While you would still have to look through each program individually by reading the book, you can at least buy the guide(s) that suit your interests and search for programs & view their requirements all in one place.
While I don’t know for sure, I suspect that art history-specific programs that also have a “curatorial track” embedded into the art history PhD require just as much writing & coursework as not being in the curatorial track. That certainly is the case at my institution, where a curatorial student has to take 1.5 years of coursework, pass their major exam, and write their dissertation. The only difference is that curatorial students also have to complete 2 internships, each at least a semester in length. Just a guess that this is also the case at other programs whose structure is similar to my program.
Therefore, I would recommend looking for programs that are specific to museum studies and/or curatorial studies. Check out both of CAA’s Curatorial & Museum Studies Graduate Program Directory and the Conservation one, because I bet you’ll find the perfect fit!
Good luck! Keep me posted! :)
I’d suggest a Museum studies degree, not an Art History one with a Curatorial track which would still have far more papers. Essentially, look to see if the brunt of the focus is on doing, pre-professional or professional courses.
For example: my current degree is museum studies. At my university, that’s like saying I am an Art History BA with less electives — which are museum studies requirements/distributions, AND two internships. In other words, all the work the Art History degree has (same base requirements) and then some.
I suggest looking at Museum Education, actually! Curatorial work has lots of research and writing in general, but Education is A.) broader research, and B.) has a lot of hands-on and direct interactions! I love all of the education experiences I have had, and it’s great if you like or enjoy physicality. Why? You interact with people constantly. Often times you make things with students/class groups/visitors. You don’t have to be an amazing artist, but you’ll certainly make things and be able to explain your knowledge to others. You will also have to come up with ways for other people to learn things about a museum, ways which are not based on making research papers. It is less about straight academia, and more about teaching and education. Educators do have to research and know their stuff, but there’s more interaction with the audience, visitors, etc. Touring, docenting, teaching is often more kinetic and hands on. I think that would suit nicely! Education is very important.
I think a few Museum studies programs are also optional thesis MA programs.
((As an aside: I’m hoping to hear back from Caravaggista’s program soon! Just have to wait a little bit longer until March!)
I don’t really have too many things tied to my name that would draw up eyebrows (I’ve been cleaning up my online footprints, and deleting adorable, but embarrassingly junior high MySpace photos), but I would have to say this post is by far the most embarrassing:
I had such high hopes for Google+ in 2011. Didn’t we all?
Everything else seems to be standard fare. My LinkedIn which is never quite up-to-date is up, you can find my twitter, this blog, the interview I had with Museum minute, my family friendly (and mostly unused) Facebook, my CV (which is altered for the internet, and now clickable as a googlesite at the top of my blog’s page. Tell me if you think the dates are readable, I need to update it!), my barren Academia.edu (sorry to those who googled me today, I’ve yet to figure the website out like I have LinkedIn), and some other nice woman’s Pinterest.
In other news, I had a wonderful time visiting Phoenix Art Museum today for a private talk with collectors in the Asian Ceramics collection. And I’m hopeful that my pings on Academia.edu are finding me elsewhere on the internet (and looking because I applied to graduate school).
I’ve also recently been offered an interview at one of the 7 schools I applied to. :)
Belated happy Lunar New Year’s! This is the year of the Horse, and I think I’ll be queuing up horse paintings and images for Asian History.