This course is an introduction to conceptual foundations in folklore, such as its social base, tradition, folklore and cultural history, folklore as projection, genre, function, structure, text and context, through a historical and philosophical survey of approaches to folklore topics. Emphasis will be placed on the Appalachian cultural perspective. A field study lab of one hour will accompany this course.
This internship course will place the student in a hands-on museum located experience. Students will be placed in the museum type (historical, art, etc.) of their choice and will have as many “real” application experiences with interpretation, exhibit design and construction, collections management, public museum educational programming, administrative management, etc. that can be arranged with the museum of choice. Pre-internship conferencing between the student, museum representative, and the program coordinator will be expected.
During these course hours, students will work directly with master craft persons that have been chosen and arranged by Pierpont Technical and Community College. Students will work in the master craft person’s studio to become proficient in the folk art/craft media chosen.
This course will provide an opportunity for students to further their study of principles and concepts in the field and to apply their knowledge in a variety of application both in the traditional classroom setting and in work/job related experiences. The class will be an individualized, arranged course, with learning outcomes determined by the instructor in consultation with the student and permission of the School Dean.
This course will be an advanced guided experience for community college students to explore topics of interest in their field through research, field experience, presentation, computer applications, lab experience, or other project agreed upon between the student and the supervising faculty and is submitted to the dean in a written contract.
This course explores museum interpretation to the public, researchers, and school children, as well as training museum staff, administration, volunteers, students, and interns. Various avenues of actual interpretation will include the use of the museum facilities, buildings, artifacts, and publications. It may include oral interpretation, first person role play, costumed interpreter/demonstrator, and third person presentations.
This course will include museum exhibit planning, research, text writing, design, construction, and installation of various types of storyline exhibits and presentations. Techniques will include computer graphics, photography, silk-screening, dry mounting, fixture and kiosk construction, lighting/ventilation/audio visual application, and other technical processes.
This course will address a variety regarding museum collections including paper memorabilia, three dimensional artifacts, buildings, grounds, and other structures. The technical aspects of managing collections such as acquiring, identifying, processing, cataloging, storing, displaying, preserving, conserving, and researching will be the focus in this course.
This course allows students to explore all types of museum programming with special emphasis on children’s visitation, special events, adult programming, lecture series, fairs and festivals. Special attention will be drawn to the various educational techniques and tools used as well as evaluation processes. The design and publication of museum materials such as handbooks, exhibit cards, exhibition catalogues, research and information books, journals, and newsletters. Will be covered in this course.