Interpretation and Learning: Museums, Galleries and Public Engagement
Area of Study
Art History, Visual Arts
Taught In English
Prerequisites: Prior introductory study of the visual arts useful.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
Museums and galleries are founded and funded on their ability to attract and engage the
public through a broadly conceived educational mission. This can be achieved in many
ways although the exhibition remains a primary platform for communication
notwithstanding opportunities presented by other media.
This module integrates interpretation and learning through the exhibition and introduces
students to a wide range of related theory and practice that coheres within the
exhibition and its experience.
The module empowers students to develop their own research through a combination of
related practice-based assessments, helping them to consider interpretation and learning
within a broadly vocational environment. 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:
? Museums, galleries and the educational mission
? Learning theory
? Education policy and planning
? The museum experience
? Critical museum visiting
? The poetics and politics of display
? Exhibition design and development
? Social objects
? Digital platforms
? Understanding audiences
Autumn semester: IMPLEMENTING INTERPRETATION AND LEARNING
? Engaging with museums and galleries. Is it all a learning experience?
? Who are learners?
? Where does learning happen?
? Creating learning experiences
? British Museum visit
? Hard to reach?
? Museum of Childhood visit
? The Value of Evaluation
? Learning project workshop
Spring semester: DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
? Making space for learning
? Forums, focus groups, co-production and debate
? Visit: Artists in Residence ? South London Gallery
? The purpose of partnerships
? Digital learning and interpretation
? The Soane Museum visit
? Hands off or Hands on?
? Art for all: Issues around intellectual and physical Access
? Victoria and Albert Museum visit
Teaching: Lectures, seminars, screenings, workshops, study groups
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Learning Project Individual presentation (50%)
? Exhibition Concept Plan (50%)
STUDY OPTION 2 OR 3: essay (2,500 words). (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.