Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA629

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Get a professional qualification that allows you to work in the diverse museum sector . When you enrol in museum studies at Deakin, you’ll learn how to identify, conserve and interpret  objects and collections in  museums and galleries and the role of museums within society.Today’s museums are evolving. They’re designed to be much more accessible and, as such, are attracting more diverse audiences every day. Innovation and new technologies are pushing the contemporary  museum to think outside the box and to engage with audiences in new ways.

How do we know what material culture  societies ought to conserve? What counts as heritage? Who decides? What is the role of museums in social cohesion, identity formation and development?

The Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies is designed to provide you with the range of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in all kinds of museums. Some of the areas you’ll study include heritage interpretation, , collections and curatorship, cataloguing and documentation, and the ethical and legal implications of moving, acquiring or disposing of an object or collection. You’ll also look at the role and function of exhibitions including budgets, planning, policy and audience involvement

As part of your studies you can  undertake an internship or practical placements in Australia or internationally, usually in  professionally-staffed museum or heritage organisations. Internships and practical placements involve working on one or more projects, as agreed with the host institution. You’ll be required to spend a minimum of 10 working days on the placement. This can be undertaken full-time (e.g. over a minimum of two weeks) or on a part-time basis.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies will lead you to entry to the Master of Cultural Heritage. As a graduate, you may find employment in museums, heritage institutions, government agencies, private corporations, community organisations and in private practice. Typical job titles include: curator, heritage officer, collections manager, registrar, public programs officer, researcher, and project officer.

 

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies (A529)

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$18,600$24,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 4 credit points of core units; and
  • 4 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below

Course structure

Core units

AIM722Collections and Curatorship

AIM723Heritage Interpretation

AIM734Understanding Significance

AIM736Museums, Heritage and Society

 

Electives

AIM735Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations

AIM727Exhibitions

AIM708World Heritage and International Heritage Practice

AIM709Intangible Heritage

AIM715Virtual Heritage

AIM717Heritage in the Field

AIM718Cultural Heritage and Museums Studies Field School

Course Map

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