This fall quarter marks an exciting new addition to the History of Art & Architecture program at UC Santa Barbara, the start of a Museum Studies emphasis for undergraduate students. This focus is unprecedented, being one of the only undergraduate Museum Studies programs in California. Students participate in various classes that stress the application of subject matter to museum practices.
Opportunities to gain practical knowledge of museums are created through a number of internships designed to provide hands on experience in different possible museum career areas. Among these is the much sought after internship position with the Art, Design & Architecture Museum on campus. UC Santa Barbara’s own museum is a treasure of the community, housing one of North America’s largest architectural archives as well as fine arts ranging from old masters’ drawings to Andy Warhol Polacolor photos.
Students in the AD&AM internship program get to experience museum careers first hand by working closely with the Museum’s expert staff and directly aiding in the day-to-day tasks that drive the institution. Because the AD&AM is a fully functioning and independent museum, opportunities for experience are available in all different career positions including curatorial, exhibition design, and collections management. The Museum internship also has a strong educational outreach branch that works with the local community to provide art education, generating a niche for students aspiring to educational or community development careers. Interns are able to build upon their work at the Museum by proposing, organizing, and completing their own projects such as curating exhibitions at the BOX in Isla Vista.
UC Santa Barbara provides remarkable opportunities for the practical education and growth of its students and is constantly developing ways to further these goals. The AD&AM internship program is one of these exceptional possibilities for students to gain valuable professional experience. By supporting the Museum, students and community members not only fortify the Museum, but also each other.
by Mariah Min
AD&AM Communications Intern