Postgraduate and Masters Degree courses have been proliferating in an almost vertiginous way in recent years. Training is always a key element, but in times of economic recession it probably is more so. However, between the knowledge acquired in academic training and the necessary requirements and skills for developing professional practice there is often a gap that is difficult to fill. That’s what we intend to do through this Postgraduate course.
How are the loans of works managed? What is done on the day the museums are closed each week? What preventive measures are adopted to preserve the collections? How is a strategic plan produced? How does the storage work? How are the laws that affect museums? How can you attract visitors and, above all, participants? How is the digitisation of the collection done? What opportunities are opened up by the social web or web 2.0? What best practices can be found in museums round the world? The list can go on, but this should give a notion of what we propose to cover.
Restoration studio | Unpack works of the exhibition “Kees van Dongen”
The course is organised in 8 modules that combine a theoretical background and a solid practical approach:
1. The Museum: museological and museum practice concepts
2. Managing the collection: Conservation and research
3. Exhibitions: from the idea to taking down. Step by step of the process
4. Public programmes: matching the needs and expectations of the public with the aims of the museum.
5. Communication: connecting with the audience.
8. Museums in the digital age: onsite vs. (vs?) online
The detailed programme can be consulted online. More than commenting on its content, I would like to point out the specificities:
- It has an eminently practical focus, of applied museography.
- It is the only academic offer co-created and co-directed between a university and a museum.
- The professors are mostly actively working in museums, and at the same time have a wide teaching experience. There will be a theoretical base, essential, but the majority the sessions will be given by museum directors and staff from museums and heritage centres.
- It counts on a wide range of participating museums, not only art museums, and not only local museums, but also from the rest of the state and international, be they in the form of case studies, as visits or as professors.
- Among the participative tools of the course, as well as debates, cases studies and presentations, a relevant role will also be given to the 2.0 tools or social networks, which will facilitate the interactivity between the students and the professors.
Tickets and virtual reality (Louvre, Paris)
To sum up, an integral vision of the museum, quality of learning, innovation in the methodology, a focus on the museum practice, participation of the students inside and outside the classroom – these are some of the strengths around which this postgraduate course has been built. A different perspective to view museums, from the inside, and a new approach in the way of managing them.
The course will be delivered in Spanish mainly, plus some sessions by invited Professors in English. More detailed information and enrolment form
Academic coordinator of the postgraduate course
What do you think about this postgraduate course? Would you recommend it to a friend? Is there any aspect or case study that you consider should be included?