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About the Program

We prepare edu-curators to advance museum theory and practice, a hybrid of education and curation functions, to promote innovative and socially-engaged leaders and scholars. Professional practices include taking visitor-centered roles in museums and participating in thoughtful scholarship. Informed by an adapted feminist systems approach, the specialized program in Museum Education & Visitor-Centered Curation (EC) prepares MA and Ph.D. students to be edu-curators who envision exhibitions and interpretative planning as non-hierarchical, collaborative processes. Our students learn how to include underrepresented voices in exhibition and interpretation development and seek social justice through museum practice, evaluation, and organizational change. Graduate students will leave with the ability to facilitate and conduct visitor-centered research as well as to plan and evaluate collaborative and reflective museum practices. Coursework includes Visitor Studies, Museum Education, Art Museum Education, Visitor-Centered Exhibitions, Leading the Arts Organization, and a semester internship at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.

Master of Arts in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation

The M.A. major in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation (EC) conflates museum education and exhibition functions. The EC major prioritizes addressing the educational needs of museum visitors through programming, interpretation, and exhibitions. This program takes advantage of the expertise and resources available through The Ringling and FSU Museum of Fine Arts to prepare edu-curators, a term coined to express our vision for the future of museum practice.


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PhD or EdD in Art Education with a Concentration in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation

The doctoral major in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation (EC) combines museum education and exhibition functions to prepare scholars and museum leaders for the field with emphasis on social justice and organizational change. This program takes advantage of the expertise and resources available through The Ringling and FSU Museum of Fine Arts to prepare edu-curators, a term coined to express our vision for the future of museum practice.



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