Heritage Studies

Preserve the past, influence the present.

Heritage studies explores the tangible and intangible history of cultures. Our courses provide skills and knowledge to enhance your career by exploring a diverse range of heritage topics, from historic building fabric to the intangible practices of traditional communities.

 You will learn about:

  • preservation, repair and conservation of built heritage
  • conservation of historic urban and rural areas and cultural landscapes
  • principles and practices of conservation planning and decision-making
  • practical conservation of materials such as wood, masonry, and brick
  • intangible cultural heritage topics, policies and best practices

Whether your interests lie in heritage planning, conservation or other cultural heritage roles, our courses will give you a solid understanding of the significance of cultural heritage, which you can then apply to your current or future work in the field.

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Heritage programs

PROGRAM Collections Management Cultural Resource Management Visitor and Community Engagement Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector
CREDENTIAL Professional Specialization Certificate Diploma Professional Specialization Certificate Professional Development Certificate
PROGRAM LENGTH 12+ months 2-3 years 12+ months 14 weeks
PROGRAM FEES* $3,054.16 $7,047.64 $3,054.16 $753.31
BEST SUITED FOR Those who are looking for a shorter program (museum-based); something more specialized; flexibility Those who want a variety of course topics to choose from and flexibility of the program. Also good for those that are just starting out in the field but have done some volunteer work already.  Professionals in the museum and cultural sector who want to enhance their knowledge and experience in the area of public programming, audience engagement and community relationship building. Professionals working in the museum, heritage and cultural sector, who are looking for innovative ways to leverage digital technology to enhance their professional and organizational goals.
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Collections Management

The Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management program provides museum professionals with a highly respected credential along with applicable knowledge and skills, in an innovative and flexible format that will suit both professional development needs and a busy work schedule.
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Cultural Resource Management

The Diploma in Cultural Resource Management program offers practical, theoretical and management-based professional training, along with a recognized and respected diploma credential, in a flexible format taught by established industry experts.
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Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector

Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector provides just-in-time training for professionals in the museum, heritage and cultural sector to develop the critical competencies and skills needed to make informed decisions around the future of digital technologies for cultural organizations.
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General Studies

This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
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Indigenous Language Revitalization

The Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) program provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to develop practical strategies for local language revitalization initiatives—initiatives that are responsive to the unique needs of each Indigenous nation and organization partnered with.
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Visitor and Community Engagement

Designed for emerging professionals in the museum, heritage and cultural sector, the Professional Specialization Certificate in Visitor and Community Engagement program provides the critical knowledge required to better understand and consider the diverse perspectives of their audiences and communities they serve.
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Congratulations to our 2020 CMP graduates

Watch a special video message from Tania Muir, Director, Cultural Management Programs.

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CRMP Newsletter - July 2020

In this Cultural Resource Management newsletter, learn about upcoming courses, important deadlines, CRM award recipients, instructor interviews, practicum updates, and how to get in touch. We also highlight the 2018-2019 graduates!

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Q&A with instructor Robert Epp

Instructor Robert Epp teaches our Museum Principles and Practices I and II.

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Congratulations to our 2019 CRM award recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2019 Yosef Wosk Travel Award and our Oak Bay Heritage Foundation Award!

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CRMP Newsletter - Aug 2019

Upcoming courses Online courses AHVS 486A Museum Principles and Practices I: Sept. 9 - Dec. 15, 2019 AHVS 488B Collections Management: Sept. 9 - Dec. 15, 2019 AHVS 488G Public Programming: Sept. 9 - Dec.

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Who comes through your doors? And who remains outside?

We’re launching a new online program: the Professional Specialization Certificate in Visitor and Community Engagement.

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BC Museums Association elects new president Tania Muir

Congratulations to Continuing Studies staff member Tania Muir on her recent appointment of president within the BC Museums Association (BCMA). At the association’s AGM on Thursday, Oct. 19—after one year as a councilor and two years as vice president—Tania was nominated by the membership and voted in as president.

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Academic Advisor Profile: Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer

Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer is the Cultural Resource Management Academic Program Advisor and works closely with the program and the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria.

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Pedro Viegas

Having worked for Natural History research and museological institutions for several years, the CRMP course was very effective in "forcing" myself into taking time from work and read some of the books in the to-read list that usually I wouldn't have time to.

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Donald Loucks

As a “mature” student during the Cultural Management course, I continued to work as a senior associate, architect, urban designer and heritage planner with a large multi-discipline firm. During the four years of study I worked on a re-purposing of a portion of the 1929, CPR, John Street Roundhouse for an underground hydro transformer station. I have been involved with adaptive reuse and conservation of this National Historic Site since 1995.

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Heather Engelbert

I start my day in the artifact holding area finding the next artifact that needs cataloguing and then doing some research to find out more about it. While I do most of my research online, I never underestimate the power of our internal research library. Amongst many other treasures, our library has a fantastic collection of mail order catalogues from Eaton's Headquarters - endlessly useful when determining dates with a largely 20th century collection.

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Irene Lo, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8457
Email cmpasst@uvic.ca