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Miami Dade College’s Museum Studies Program Gives Students Unique Exposure to Exploring Artifacts, Travel and High-Level Curatorial Work

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Offered at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, the exciting program exposes students of all disciplines to hands-on curatorial work, research and professional networking opportunities.

Miami, June 7, 2013 - As Miami takes over as the art hub of the Southeastern United States, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) two-semester Museum Studies course continues to give students real-world experience and open doors for careers in the exciting world of museum operations. Since the program began two years ago, students have secured jobs and internships at local galleries, cultural centers and museums as far away as Anchorage, Alaska. 

Offered at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, the exciting program exposes students of all disciplines to hands-on curatorial work, research and professional networking opportunities. The program culminates with a trip to New York City to visit museums and meet top executives at world-class auction houses, museums and libraries.

A collaborative endeavor with the prestigious Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Study Centre, the course’s first semester focuses on the different types of museums and their history, as well as the various jobs and behind-the-scenes preservation work. Thanks to the collaboration, students have at their disposal resources of the Study Centre’s state-of-the-art facilities, with more than 25,000 objects in the Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Collection, which has focused on design, architecture and the fine arts from 1885 to 1945.

 “The fact that Mr. Wolfson allows students access to his museum-quality collection really sets this course apart,” said Lea Nickless, Study Centre collection manager and curator, who co-teaches the course alongside MDC adjunct professor Melissa Díaz. “He wants them to interpret from the collection, to use it as a learning tool. I have not seen anything like this anywhere in the country.”

In the second semester of the course, students practice what they’ve learned by organizing an exhibition, from branding and visual imaging to design and installation. ”The students are inspired by all the exposure to the places and the people they encounter,” Nickless added. “They gain a true understanding of what it takes to work in this business.”

 The program is made possible with funding from the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation and is offered through MDC’s Department of Arts and Philosophy.

For more information, contact Dr. Rosa Mayorga, chair of MDC’s Wolfson Department of Arts and Philosophy, at 305-237-7424 or rmayorga@mdc.edu, or Melissa Diaz at mdiaz12@mdc.edu.

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