Museum Studies

Shape your museum education.

Whether your interest is in curatorial studies, museum conservation, digital heritage, collections management or cultural landscapes, our museum studies courses and program will give you the education and skills you need to enhance your job performance, improve your confidence and enhance your community.

Museum Studies courses

Immerse yourself in the challenges of cultural organizations through an in-depth study of collections, audience engagement, exhibition development and museum information management. Courses include:

  • Museum Principles and Practices I and II
  • Collections Management
  • Caring for Museum Collections
  • Public Programming
  • Exhibition Design and Installation
  • Curatorship: Contemporary Perspectives
  • Fundraising in Cultural Organizations

Join colleagues from across North America and around the world in building knowledge and skills that will make a difference in your work, your community and your career in the museum, heritage or cultural sector.

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Museum Studies programs

Our programs offer a range of flexible study options for museum, heritage and cultural professionals that strengthen your practice, build your confidence and advance your career. You can choose to participate in many of our courses on an individual basis, or work toward a widely recognized professional certificate or diploma at either an undergraduate or post-graduate level.

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Courses open for registration

Courses open for registration

Diploma in Cultural Resource Management

The Diploma in Cultural Resource Management provides practical, theoretical and management-based professional training in the fields of museum studies and heritage conservation. The program is designed with working professionals in mind to allow maximum flexibility and accessibility.
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Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies

The Graduate Professional Certificate (GPC) in Cultural Heritage Studies provides advanced learning for emerging and mid-career individuals involved with a range of cultural heritage fields. The program will strengthen your understanding of cultural heritage and community engagement, and build knowledge of professional practice and values necessary to keep pace in today’s rapidly changing context.
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Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management

If you are a museum professional seeking new approaches to your work or looking to upgrade your skills, take advantage of our innovative, flexible programming that will suit your professional development needs and your busy schedule.
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Certificate in General Studies

This new flexible certificate allows you to create your own program by choosing courses from the wide range of diploma and certificate programs offered in the Division of Continuing Studies. You can customize a course of study to meet your specific learning needs and objectives.
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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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Amy Cubberly

The CRMP program has provided me with much more confidence when approaching new challenges at my job. I find that I frequently refer back to what I learned when facing daily challenges such as how to properly store a specific artifact or how to approach another organization about a proposed partnership project.

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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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Student Corner: July 2014

July 2014 internship students: Arrianna D’Orsay (Dipl CRM) and David Mbuthia (Dipl CRM).

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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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Student Corner: March 2014

March 2014 internship students Diane Budden Learning Assistant Intern with Learning Department of the Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth, UK.

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Bryan Smith

Though I had worked at a museum previous to my current position, in some cases it was great to get some reinforcement on what I was already doing, and in other cases the program provided totally new approaches and skills that I have found essential in my new role.

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Caprice Harper

I think that the GPC certificate has made me an even more well-rounded cultural resources specialist. My master's degree was geared towards prehistoric archaeology. As I moved forward in my professional career in the Cultural Resources Management field, it became apparent that one should also know about cultural resources that are above ground, and also ones that are from the historic period.

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Graham Gidden and Michele Sirett

These courses have reinforced my desire to learn, helped me understand the importance of culture and given me the tools to better articulate this importance. I definitely see my work and projects through a different lens.

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Irene Lo, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8457
Email cmpasst@uvic.ca
Tusa Shea, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-6119
Email crmcoord@uvic.ca
Miranda Angus, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-6460
Email mangus@uvic.ca