Exhibitions are the public face of your museum or gallery. They should inspire powerful visitor experiences. This immersive course examines the entire exhibition development sequence. It explores the principles that lie behind creating successful exhibitions that engage visitors' minds and emotions. It will address the following topics:
the foundation of planning
the planning process
storytelling and interpretive planning
design of graphics and signage
interactive exhibit design
fabrication and installation
Fieldwork, teamwork and presentation of an exhibition design concept provide you with opportunities to build exhibition planning and design skills. The course is designed for anyone who is, or might be, involved in planning an exhibition in a museum, gallery, science centre, and heritage site or tourist destination.
“I believe that museums can change peoples’ lives.”
Tim Willis is one of Canada’s most experienced museum professionals. During his 25 year career, he has led the creation of more than one hundred exhibitions, helped museums to shape their long-term visitor experience strategies, and been a strong advocate for the power of museums to change and enrich peoples’ lives.
After moving to Canada, Tim worked in private practice to plan several of Alberta’s heritage interpretive centers including Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. In the late 1980s, Tim joined the Royal Alberta Museum as head of Exhibitions and Marketing. Under Tim’s leadership, the Royal Alberta Museum developed one of the most active exhibition programs in Canada. From 2001 to 2006, Tim led the development of a new visitor experience - part of the Royal Alberta Museum’s $180 million renewal project.
Joining the Royal BC Museum in September 2006, Tim’s focus was to create a long-term vision the entire visitor experience. He also headed some of the Museum’s most intriguing and successful exhibition projects.
In 2013, Tim decided to work independently sharing his knowledge and experience with students and advising museums and other clients.
What participants are saying
“Tim is an incredible resource, a brilliant lecturer and his presentation infused with humour, humility and personal insight from experience/expertise. He was top notch!“
“I feel I have a clearer idea of my career path, where I want to go and the skills I will need.”
“Tim Willis has been one of the finest instructors I have had in the past 25 years. His experiences and insight has taken a course of important content and made it accessible and very enjoyable.”
“Course readings and assignments tied in very effectively with the work done in the classroom. The preparatory assignments were very helpful and I appreciated the opportunity to be challenged before starting – it helped me get into the right mindset. Group project was very fulfilling—I had an excellent group—and helped to solidify the theoretical principles.”
“Tim was a fantastic and engaging instructor. He has a wealth of personal experience and knowledge, and it was an amazing asset to share in that.”
“Tim was incredibly helpful and his presentations were excellently delivered. It was a pleasure being his student. His breadth of knowledge and experience were amazing, yet he was very approachable and easy going.”
“I wanted to update and strengthen my exhibit design skills. Definitely accomplished!”
NOTE: NEW Face-to-Face Deposit/Withdrawal Fee Policy:
NON-CREDIT tuition fees will be fully refundable if you withdraw prior to September 20, 2019; 11:59 pm PST. Any withdrawal following that date will be assessed a minimum $100.00 administrative fee.
CREDIT STUDENTS: are required to pay a deposit of $100 at the time of registration to the Division of Continuing Studies. This deposit will be REFUNDED following the second day of the Face-to-Face class, so long as the student has not withdrawn. In addition to this fee, regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the University of Victoria Calendar apply: https://web.uvic.ca/calendar/general/dates.html. Full tuition and student fees for credit students continue to be payable to UVic Accounting.
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Credit vs non-credit
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