Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$19,344 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au  

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code A629
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Understand, investigate and evaluate conceptual and practical approaches to the identification, conservation, interpretation, management and use of museum objects. 

Communication

Effectively communicate key theoretical and practical concerns in museum studies using oral, written, digital formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Digital literacy

Use a range of digital technologies and information sources relevant to the museum context to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse key concepts in the identification, conservation, interpretation, management and employ this knowledge in the museum context using objects and collections to show how these can be utilized in a variety of different situations. 

Problem solving

Apply advanced theoretical and knowledge and technical skills in the identification, conservation, interpretation, management and use of objects and collections in the museum context and develop solutions to real-world and ill-defined problems or issues in professional contexts. 

Self-management

Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, consistently applying professional museum standards with a high level of responsibility and accountability to colleagues and relevant stakeholders and a consistent commitment to continual professional development. 

Teamwork

Work effectively and collaboratively, demonstrating advanced level of responsibility and accountability in different roles in the museum context 

Global citizenship

Analyse and address museum-related issues in the domestic, regional and global context as a critically reflexive reflective practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards. 

Approved by Faculty Board 2015

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

Course Map

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) from an approved institution or extensive relevant work experience undertaken at a senior level as deemed appropriate by the Course Selection Team.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

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 and how to apply for credit.

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

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies (A529)