Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year part time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$9,000* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Steven Cooke, +61 3 924 46827, steven.cooke@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A529

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies is a postgraduate coursework program that aims to provide graduates with a basic range of skills and knowledge appropriate to museum work.  The program aims to produce graduates who are independent, innovative and creative thinkers; have a commitment to reflective practice in museums; have an understanding of best practice standards in museum work; can competently undertake a range of museological techniques; can demonstrate ethical leadership in their chosen field of museum activity; and have a commitment to continuous improvement.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to deakin.edu.au/fees.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment as practitioners 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.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising:

  • 4 credit points of compulsory core units.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

AIM734Understanding Significance

AIM736Museums, Heritage and Society

Trimester 2

AIM722Collections and Curatorship

AIM723Heritage Interpretation




Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies applicants require:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent; or
  • extensive relevant work experience undertaken at senior level as deemed appropriate by the Course Selection Team.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and the Masters in Cultural Heritage comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies or the Master of Cultural Heritage with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies or equivalent will lead to entry into the Master of Cultural Heritage with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. 

 

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