Certificate in Museum Studies

Contribute to Important Cultural Institutions

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Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Weekends
  • Cost: $3,450

Next start date:

September 2018

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About this Program


In our increasingly high-tech and virtual society, museums offer a space where communities can interact through meaningful objects, discover new passions and learn more about each other and our multifaceted world. All such institutions — whether devoted to art, science, nature, history or another category of human knowledge — need trained professionals to function and thrive.

In this six-course certificate program, you’ll gain essential expertise in museum administration, programs, collections, exhibits and community engagement. We’ll explore a wide range of institutions and venues, including traditional museums, science centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens. You’ll study how to develop and execute engaging programming that attracts visitors, and then apply this learning in a real-world project.

DESIGNED FOR

Professionals who work or volunteer in museums and other institutions, as well as those interested in entering the field.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Strategies for planning and managing new program development
  • How to create, promote and evaluate educational programming for children and adults
  • Collection management policies and procedures
  • Fundamental principles of exhibit design, production and maintenance
  • How to build relationships with the community, donors and supporters

GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

  • Serve an internship at a local museum or historical society and complete an independent project for the organization
  • Work with artifacts in museum settings
  • Take field trips to local museums and institutions

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Classroom

Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Program Sessions

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