Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
Professionals who work or volunteer in museums and other institutions, as well as those interested in entering the field.
About the course
In our increasingly high-tech and virtual society, museums offer a space where communities can interact through meaningful objects, discover new passions and learn more about each other and our multifaceted world. All such institutions — whether devoted to art, science, nature, history or another category of human knowledge — need trained professionals to function and thrive.
In this six-course certificate program, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of museum administration, programs, collections, exhibits and community engagement. We’ll explore how these areas apply in a wide range of institutions and venues, including traditional museums, science centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens. You’ll then apply this learning by completing a real-world project in the practicum course.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Strategies for planning and managing new program development
- How to create, promote and evaluate educational programming for children and adults
- Collection management policies and procedures
- Fundamental principles of exhibit design, production and maintenance
- How to build relationships with the community, donors and supporters
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
- Serve an internship at a local museum, cultural organization or historical society and complete an independent project for the organization
- Work with artifacts in museum settings
- Plan and design interpretive programming and exhibits
- Take behind-the-scenes visits in local museums
Kate Fernandez is the director of interpretation and visitor experience at the Burke Museum, where she oversees the strategy and implementation of exhibits, programs and the visitor experience team to bring engaging, visitor-centered experiences to guests. Prior to joining the Burke, Fernandez d...
Tara McCauley works as the director of education and programs at the Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS), where she manages and sets the strategic direction for the museum’s education department, which provides high-quality, community-based programming for youth and adults. Prior to joini...
Karen Marshall’s museum career spans more than 30 years. She has held positions in collections management, museum education, exhibition planning and production, marketing, development, visitor services and museum administration. She has crisscrossed the United States working at state historical s...
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