2014-15 Catalog

Art History and Museum Professions BS Degree Program


School of Liberal Arts

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 30021     HEGIS 1099

The major in Art History and Museum Professions offers students the opportunity to prepare for positions in museums and other art institutions, with a focus on collections management, public relations, development, education, rights and reproductions, visitor services, special events, and other non-curatorial roles.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAHA 231 - Modern Art3
HA 361 - History and Meaning of Museum3
LIBERAL ARTSEN 321 - Strategies of Business Communication3
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective2-3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Foreign Language* G83
Semester 6
MAJOR AREABL 343 - Introduction to Business Law3
HA 362 - Museum Professions and Administrative Structure3
LIBERAL ARTSHA 111 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient Prehistory Through the Middle Ages3
choice - see Foreign Language*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Other World Civilizations* G93
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAAC 322 - Publicity/Public Relations for Visual Art Management3
HA 331 - Contemporary Art and Culture: 1945 to the Present3
HA 411 - Western Theories of Art3
choice - see History of Art**3
RELATED AREAFA 117 - Traditional Techniques in the Fine Arts2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see American History*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAAC 311 - Integrated Marketing Communications Management3
HA 461 - Senior Seminar: Museum Exhibition3
HA 462 - Art and Ethics3
RELATED AREAIC 497 - Senior Internship C: Career Planning3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Elective*3
 Total Credits: 61-62

*Fall 2014 Requirements: See below.

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

American History:  3 credits
CHOICE of any course that meets General Education American History requirement (G10).

Foreign Language: 6 credits
Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet G8.

Other World Civilization: 3 credits
CHOICE of any HA course that meets the General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9).

History of Art: 9 credits
HA 231 required in Semester 5 (if not previously taken), or if taken
CHOICE of any HA course not previously taken.

HA 111 required in Semester 6 (if not previously taken), or if taken
CHOICE of any HA course not previously taken.

HA 331 required in Semester 7 (if not previously taken), or if taken
CHOICE of any HA course not previously taken.

Liberal Arts Elective:  3 credits
CHOICE in Semester 8 of any 200-, 300-, or 400- level liberal arts course.

**History of Art Elective: 3 credits
CHOICE in Semester 7 of any HA course not previously taken.

NOTE: AC 111 and HA 112 must be completed prior to the sixth semester.


VA 321 — Methods and Meanings in the Visual Arts

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

For students majoring in Art History and Museum Professions, this course provides a foundation in visual analysis and a historical overview of museums, exhibitions, and art history. Writing skills relevant to art commentary and gallery management are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): HA 112.

VA 431 — The Business of Art Museum Management

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Students build a firm knowledge of the business of managing an art museum, namely, how to achieve the institution's mission for the benefit of its diverse constituents. Students complete a group project covering the broad array of support activities that must be considered for the presentation of an exhibition.
Prerequisite(s): VA 321.

VA 491 — Senior Seminar: The Museum Exhibition

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Using a major current exhibition as a case study, students examine the entire process of creating an exhibition. Through readings, field trips, and presentations by art professionals, students track the trajectory of an exhibition, from its original concept to its final, realized form, and gauge the subsequent critical response.
Prerequisite(s): VA 431.