The twelve-month course of study combines courses in museology and art history with internship opportunities at some of Washington’s premier art institutions. We examine the changing relationships between academic study of art and new configurations of museum display and interpretation. Most courses emphasize both theory and practice, including such topics as the roles of museums in modern cultures, museum education, collection management, museum architecture, curatorial work and the ethics of acquisition and display. Our students may expect to take part in critical debates about art exhibition and interpretation.
During the fall semester, students will take a combination of core and elective courses at Georgetown and participate in an internship at an area museum. For the spring semester, students will matriculate at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London where they will take an intensive course in Asian art, decorative arts, or art business. Some students who wish to study contemporary art may be approved to enroll at Sotheby’s Intitute of Art, New York. The Institute’s course work emphasizes connoisseurship and hands-on study of art works, and incorporates study trips to major public and private collections. In the summer term, students will complete a full-time internship in a museum in Washington or another city; the term culminates in a capstone workshop held in late August in Washington.