Exhibit Fabrication

Code: AHVS488H
Apply this course towards: Cultural Resource Management, Collections Management, Visitor and Community Engagement

Course description

Topics covered will include:

  • the basics of case design, layout and installation, including a summary of conservation-approved methods and materials
  • basic lighting of collections
  • simple mount making and support of objects on display
  • how to produce affordable yet professional labels, signage and other graphic elements
  • how to lay out and hang framed artwork
  • ideas for special effects such as scents, sound and light effects, projections, etc.
  • basic faux finishing, sculpting, and molding and casting for creating props, replicas and other creative/decorative elements

Join us to find simple and achievable solutions to your exhibition challenges.

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Though not required, current experience in a museum or cultural organization would be an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program Office if you have any questions or concerns.


Kate Kerr works in the Royal BC Museum’s Exhibitions Department as an Fabrication Specialist, with a focus on mount making, painting and sculpture/replication. Her background in museum work began as an intern at the McLaughlin Woodworking Museum  and the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, both  in Ontario. Trained as a metalsmith, with a background in History and English, Kate first pursued self-employment, establishing a metalsmithing business and then running a large art and fine craft gallery in Saint John, New Brunswick. She is also enjoys instructing in jewellery and metalwork for all ages. She is currently studying a Masters in Community Development.

Jana Stefan is also a Fabrication Specialist at the Royal BC Museum, where she uses her background as an artifact conservator to bridge the gap between the Exhibitions and Collections departments.  As a trained conservator with a background in art history, she has worked at museums, archaeological sites, archives and historic sites from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and is proud to be able to share her enthusiasm for visual culture in her everyday work.


On-location at the University of Victoria.

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Course Credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).