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 skills you need to enhance your job performance, improve your confidence, and strengthen 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 can advance your career. You can choose to participate in many of our courses on an individual basis, or work towards a widely-recognized professional certificate or diploma at either an undergraduate or post-graduate level.

PROGRAM Collections Management Cultural Resource Management Visitor and Community Engagement
CREDENTIAL Professional Specialization Certificate Diploma Professional Specialization Certificate
PROGRAM LENGTH 12+ months 2-3 years 12+ months
PROGRAM FEES* $2,939 $6,881 $2,939
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.
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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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General Studies

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