Introduction to Museum Studies
Distance Learning Program
What are the benefits of this program?
This program provides basic professional training for museum personnel and will interest those working in museums as well as students considering a career in museums. Distance Learning is a good option for those who are unable to attend classes or where instruction is otherwise unavailable. It is flexible and convenient, gives participants the opportunity to apply the learning in their own museum, and is particularly useful in areas of the Commonwealth where educational opportunities are scarce or costly. Applicants must be CAM members.
What content does it cover?
The Introduction to Museum Studies Program deals with two types of information: the history and philosophy of museums, and the basic procedures involved in museum operation. It is divided into seven units of study:
1. Introduction to Museum Studies
2. Organization and Management
6. Education & Programming
7. Museums in Society.
How does the program work?
Students receive course manual, readings, tests and an exam. There is a multiple choice test for each unit. Upon completion, students write the final examination which is in essay and short answer format. Students also write a longer essay about the history of museums in their country and complete a practical project. Unit exams are worth 30%; the final exam 50%; the essay 10%; and the project 10% for a total of 100%. A final grade of 60% is a pass. Students will be notified of their grades approximately six weeks after completing the final exam. One re-write is permitted. Graduates are issued a certificate. Students are allowed one year to complete the program and submit all assignments; they may apply for an extension if necessary. Enrollment is calculated from the date which the course material is sent.
How do you enrol?
Applicants must be employed in museum work and should have secondary school education or equivalent (e.g., program for which credit is given or several years’ experience in the heritage field). Applicants must submit a letter from a sponsor or employer who can attest to his or her interest and potential as a museum professional. If the sponsor is the employer, a second letter should be included stating the employer's support. The sponsor or employer may also be the tutor and the letter should state this agreement. If not, another person working in museums, willing to undertake the duties below, and acceptable to your sponsor/employer, should be named.
What is the role of the tutor?
The tutor will:
1. Help to resolve problems and encourage the student on a regular basis.
2. Arrange for unit exams and final exams to be supervised.
3. Provide direction for the essay and practical project.
4. Submit a final report to CAM about the student’s progress and make recommendations for improvement of the program.
If a suitable tutor is not known to the student or sponsor they may request the Commonwealth Association identify one.
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|Full provision of course materials||$450||$400|
All participants must be CAM members.
Tutoring/Instructing from Secretariat: $150
If tutors in developing countries are from the students’ location the tutoring fee is $50 (up to 5 students) or $100 (more than 5 students). If located in another city, expenses will be considered and the fee will be agreed upon between participants and tutors.
Contact Catherine C. Cole, Secretary General if you have any questions CatherineC.Cole@telus.net or 1-780-424-2229.
Return application and other documents to:
COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS
10023 93 Street
Canada, T5H 1W6