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Applied Museum Studies (AMS) is an academic and career technical education program under the Department of Visual Arts in the School of The Arts at Irvine Valley College. The AMS program emphasizes the development and practical application of up-to-date museum-related job skills and museum theory. This comprehensive program is designed to serve students preparing to enter the museum profession, those re-entering the work force, and current museum workers looking for professional development opportunities. Coursework includes topics related to all areas of museum operations but also apply to other collecting institutions, art galleries and arts organizations.  Courses are taught in the context of the museum community to allow students to gain an insider’s understanding of the demands of a career in the arts.


Applied Museum Studies courses teach students the current best standards and practices from experienced working museum professionals. The AMS curriculum includes courses in collections management, curatorial practice, visitor services, museum education, museum technologies, art handling, publicity and marketing, and museum fundraising and development. Course assignments replicate current museum practices and research; and help AMS students to develop project portfolios while honing their professional “soft-skills”. In addition to the foundational class Introduction to Museums, students may earn two Certificates of Proficiency: Curatorial Studies, and Visitor Services and Museum Education.  Applied Museum Studies Course ListApplied Museum Studies Course List.pdf



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Reference the Irvine Valley College 2014-2015 Catalog, page 107 for more information


A student enrolled in the Applied Museum Studies program at Irvine Valley College may choose to focus on securing an internship, finding a job, or transferring to a four-year institution in preparation of future baccalaureate or graduate study. Career pathways for the successful AMS student may include:  

  • Curatorial Research Assistant
  • Visitor Assistant
  • Education Assistant
  • Museum Docent
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Museum School Instructor
  • Gallery Attendant


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