Graduate Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies (GDipCuratMuseumSt)

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This program in Curatorial and Museum Studies offers students core courses in museology and practice in conjunction with academic extension through the choice of elective courses. Students may also take a Work Integrated Learning course.

The Graduate Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate an integrated understanding of scholarship about contemporary museum theory and curatorial practices. Students will also acquire an advanced understanding of a chosen cultural area of museum studies based on their interest and electives.
2. Apply a knowledge of current theories and debates to the understanding of the display, interpretation and communication of cultural property to a diverse, modern public, utilising digital technologies.
3. Convey ideas, debates and information effectively to a range of audiences, from specialist scholars to the wider communities in Australia and beyond. Students will understand the nature of modern collections, their purpose and curation, in the context of modern museology theory.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of intercultural issues in the area of modern Australian museum collections, focusing on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competencies, as well as a knowledge of the issues and debates about international cultural ownership, colonial appropriation and the antiques trade.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and competency in contemporary practices of digital recording storage of material culture.
6. Develop skills in museum practice through opportunities to engage with museum professionals in museum settings.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Curatorial and Museum Studies, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 12 units
  2. Electives to the value of 12 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 12 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MUSEUM 7001 Making a Museum 6
MUSEUM 7002 The Secret Life of Objects: Museums in Practice 6