Interpretation and Learning: Museums, Galleries and Public Engagement

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Interpretation and Learning: Museums, Galleries and Public Engagement

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: Prior introductory study of the visual arts useful.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    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
    ? Evaluation

    ? 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
    ? Marketing
    ? The Value of Evaluation
    ? Learning project workshop

    ? 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

    ? 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

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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.


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