ANNOUNCING THE CERTIFICATE IN MUSEUM STUDIES
PLANNING & DESIGNING PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITS
For 2018, the Certificate in Museum Studies program is introducing a new way of learning: The Summer Institute: Planning & Designing Programs and Exhibits. Same great courses, same expert instructors, but in a bold new format!
From August 13-17, 2018, students will have a unique opportunity to complete two CMS courses (Exhibit Planning & Design and Education Programs) at once in an immersive and collegial environment.
Hosted by the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village in Kingsville, Ontario, this 5-day course will use the site as a hands-on learning laboratory in which students will learn how to design, deliver and evaluate engaging programs and exhibits.
Topics covered in this learner-centered course will include:
- Design thinking, learning and teaching philosophies
- Interpretive planning
- Creating museum experiences that respond to emerging trends and changes within the museum field
- Principles of design
- Writing for museum audiences
- Digital tools
- Evaluation strategies
- Related standards and policies
Students will complete two take-home assignments and receive credit for two CMS courses. Those who have already taken one of the two courses that make up the Summer Institute will only be required to submit an assignment for one course, however, since the Summer Institute integrates both topics, students should plan to attend all 5 days of the course.
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CANADIAN MUSEUM ASSOCIATION BURSARIES
The Canadian Museum Association (CMA) offers bursaries for Emerging and Mid-Career Professional Development opportunities. To learn more, please visit https://museums.ca/site/bursaries.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ
Why are the courses combined this year?
- 21st-century museum work is collaborative. This course puts current theory and best practices about collaborative learning into action, providing students with ample opportunities to build their comfort and skill level working on cross-departmental projects in a safe and supportive environment. The Summer Institute format breaks down traditional institutional “silos” by offering students a comprehensive understanding of how to create relevant and engaging visitor experiences in their institutions.
Is the content of the Exhibit Planning & Design course and the Education Programs course different than in previous years?
- The core content of both courses was developed with the OMA and still meets all of the curriculum requirements for the CMS program.
Is the format of the courses still the same as in previous years?
- Generally, yes. Some activities and projects have been re-worked to take best advantage of the new format. The new approach considers the visitor experience as it is embodied in both exhibits and programs.
Will I still get credit for both Education Programs and Exhibit Planning & Design if I take this course?
- Yes! Students enrolled in the 2018 Summer Institute will receive credit for both CMS courses.
How long is the combined course?
- The course takes place over five full days, compared to six days if the two courses were taken separately.
Do I have to write two assignments?
- Students will complete two take-home assignments and receive credit for two CMS courses. The deadline for completing both assignments will be extended to 45 days after the course (compared to 30 days for a single CMS course). The final grade will be a combination of in-class work and the take-home assignments.
What if I only need one of the two courses?
- Those who have already taken one of the two courses that make up the Summer Institute will only be required to submit an assignment for one course, however, since the Institute integrates both topics, students should plan to attend all 5 days of the course.
I am interested in the Summer Institute but I am not enrolled in the CMS program, may I attend?
- Yes! As this is a new and experimental format, we welcome participation from those who are interested in the course content but not enrolled in the CMS program. All participants are expected to participate fully in the course and to complete the course assignments. As with all other CMS courses, participants must be Individual members of the OMA in good standing.
Will the courses also be offered separately in 2018?
- At this time, the intention is to offer these two courses only in the combined format for 2018.
Will the courses be offered separately in 2019?
Will the class size be bigger than for a single course?
- Yes. Presentations, in-class activities, and group work have been adjusted as necessary to maintain the same standards and student-teacher ratios as for regular CMS courses.
Are there one or two Course Directors?
- The course will be co-taught by two Course Directors. Meredith Leonard and John Summers have taught Education Programs and Exhibit Planning & Design respectively in prior years. A representative from Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village, the host site, will also be onsite throughout the week to provide site-specific information and guidance for Institute students.
What are the course fees?
- The Summer Institute: Planning & Designing Programs and Exhibits course includes two courses over the span of five days. The course fee is $640.00 + HST and includes the course manual:
Published in 2018! Creating Exhibits that Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations
This manual is a concise, useful guide to developing effective and memorable museum exhibits, full of information, guidelines, tips, and concrete examples drawn from the author’s years of experience as a curator and exhibit developer in the United States and Canada.
For more information about the Summer Institute and the Certificate in Museum Studies program, please contact the Professional Development Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.