Position your organization to thrive in a digital economy.

The question is no longer whether digital technologies have a place in museums and cultural organizations, rather the question now is how to best implement them. From providing engaging learner experiences, digitizing collections, improving wayfinding for visitors, curating the visitor journey, connecting with new audiences and streamlining operations, technology has diverse and growing applications in the cultural sector. The Micro-certificate in Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector looks at ways technology is being used in the cultural sector and gives you the in-demand knowledge and skills you need to help your organization thrive in the digital economy. Embrace the opportunity that technology in the cultural sector can offer.

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Program description

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. Learners will develop a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities for cultural organizations in a digital economy, alongside tools and strategies to successfully plan and implement digital initiatives.

Program highlights

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Online asynchronous delivery will increase access for working professionals and geographically dispersed participants

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Can be taken as a stand-alone professional development opportunity, as an elective in certificate or diploma programs in the Cultural Resource Management Programs, or be used as transfer credit towards studies in another post-secondary institution

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Career enhancer
Opportunity to upskill or reskill with critical skills that are in demand in cultural organizations

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Through the StrongerBC future skills grant, students may be eligible to receive funding for this program. View details and eligibility

Program partner

Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Art History and Visual Studies

Program outcomes

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand and think critically about the impact (opportunities/challenges) of the digital economy on the cultural sector
  2. Explain the role of digital technology in cultural organizations including: community building, communications, exhibitions, public programming, collections, increased accessibility, and other core activities
  3. Understand how digital initiatives can be integrated into a comprehensive organizational strategy and the factors used to determine priorities and deliverables
  4. Analyze organizational and community needs to make strategic decisions regarding the development and implementation of digital initiatives
  5. Apply project management principles and practices in a digital development initiative
  6. Evaluate the use of digital media in a given organization

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for emerging and mid-career professionals working in the museum, heritage and cultural sector, who are looking for innovative and flexible professional development opportunities to enhance their knowledge and grow their career. Learners in this program come from a wide variety of cultural sectors and professions, and are looking for innovative ways to leverage digital technology to enhance their professional and organizational goals.

Application and fees

Admission requirements

  1. Though not required, current or prior experience in a cultural organization is recommended for success in this program. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they can complete all assignments and contribute meaningfully to all discussions by drawing from their experience. If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please ask us how to contact the course instructor directly before the course start date.
  2. Regular access to a computer with a reliable internet connection.
  3. University-level research, writing and critical thinking skills.

How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Upon successful completion, you will receive a micro-certificate.

StrongerBC future skills grant

This program is eligible for the StrongerBC future skills grant. To register using this grant please review the eligibility, registration details and funding dates. 

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RELATED TOPICS: Museum and Heritage Studies