The MS in Museums and Digital Culture prepares students with the knowledge and digital skills for careers in the rapidly expanding field of museums and digital culture and to be innovative and creative leaders in the museum field. It is the first museum masters designed for the digital world and that builds on the commonalities of information practice across libraries, archives and museums. The curriculum focuses on the ways in which museums use digital technology and media across five study areas: I. Museums and Digital Culture: Theory and Practice; II. Museum Collections and Services; Digital Preservation and Curation; III. Digital Tools and Technology; IV. User Experience, Education and Information Design; and V. Field Research and Practicum.
Two Advanced Certificate Programs focusing on museums that students can take within the Museum Masters
Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies – a 12-credit program with the Department of History of Art and Design – can be taken as part of the museum masters. The certificate requires HA 560 Museology (3 credits)
, a two semester practicum/internship, also a requirement of the masters, and two electives from a menu of courses including LIS 629 Museum and Library Research (3 credits)
and LIS 632 Conservation and Preservation (3 credits).
Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries – a 12-credit certificate that connects students to the rich collections and exciting digital projects and real and virtual visitor services of museum libraries and archives.
Building on the School of Information’s partnerships and grant projects with NYC’s leading museums, the program provides structured practica and field research in support of a culminating required research project.
A sampling of Pratt’s partners for the 2-semester practicum/internship
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Brooklyn Museum
- The Frick Art Reference Library
- Museum of Modern Art
- Whitney Museum
- Guggenheim Museum
The program’s required and elective courses are taught by School of Information faculty recognized for research and publication in digital culture, and are supported by School of Information teaching and learning facilities featuring labs designed for student projects and research in museums and digital culture, including: 1. iLab for Digital Culture 2. Research Seminar Lab 3. Information Experience Lab 4. Cultural Informatics Lab and four seminar/ lab classrooms supporting hands-on participatory learning.