Curatorial Studies Minor

The curatorial studies minor introduces students to the contemporary and historical study of the exhibition, display, preservation, and interpretation of art objects. Rooted in hands-on, object-based inquiry, students engage the exhibitions and permanent collections of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Spelman College Innovation Lab, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Additional Atlanta-based institutions serve as case studies to examine the role institutions, curators, and other museum professionals play in shaping the curatorial studies field.

The curatorial studies minor also provides students with avenues to continue their education in various postgraduate programs and/or careers in the visual arts. The Curatorial Studies minor is offered through the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective. All curatorial studies minors are required to complete at least two paid summer internships.

Minor Requirements - 18 credit hours

Students are required to complete 18 credits for the curatorial studies minor. 

Required Courses

  • SAVC 235 Introduction to the Object
  • SAVC 305 Seminar in Curatorial Practice
  • SAVC 306 Mining the Museum
  • SAVC 375 Entering the Art World: Culture and Context
  • SAVC 435 Theory and Criticism in Exhibition Practice
  • SAVC 375 Curatorial Practicum 

*All curatorial studies minors are required to complete paid summer internships. Additional internships and study abroad are strongly encouraged.

You may view curatorial studies minor course descriptions and careers in curatorial studies on the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective website.

Please contact Rachel Brown, program manager, Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective at rachel.brown@spelman.edu for questions about the curatorial studies minor.