Adaptation and Innovation: Museum and Gallery Futures
Area of Study
Architecture, Art History, Media Studies, Visual Arts
Taught In English
Prerequisites: Prior intermediate level study of the visual arts.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
Museums and galleries face many challenges at the beginning of the 21st century. This
module explores possible museum and gallery futures through a series of scenarios and
case studies that are often based on the thinking and planning of leading institutions.
Scenarios consider both internal and external factors both within the UK and globally.
The module aims to provide a critical and creative platform from which the student can
imagine possible museum and gallery futures. The module empowers students to
develop their own research through a combination of related policy and practice-based
assessments, helping them to consider museum and gallery futures within a broadly
The module is multi-sited, taking place in classrooms and museums and galleries, always
seeking to locate a student?s research within wider professional contexts and concerns.
Topics covered may include:
? Collecting and collection
? Architecture and buildings
? Exhibition and display
? Public programming
? Audiences and identity
? Museum planning and development
? Digital media and intangible heritage
? Time-based and new media art
? Funding and government
? Value and impact
? Collecting, caring, communicating: Museums and Galleries, past, present and
? Night at the Museum
? What?s on?
? Victoria and Albert museum visit
? Group presentations
? The educational and social role of museums and galleries
? William Morris gallery visit
? Researching for future
? Policy review workshop
? The Building Yard
? Temple or Forum? Co-production and debate
? Commercial activities, sponsorship and development
? Artists in residence
? Low tech and high tech
? Watts Gallery visit
? Local / Global
? Learning and participation
? Courtauld Gallery / Somerset House visit
Teaching: Lectures, seminars, visits, workshops, study groups
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Policy Review (50%)
? Development Proposal (50%)
STUDY OPTION 2 OR 3: 3,000-word essay (tbc)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.