Course Title: Museum Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Museum Education

Credit Points: 24.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 24.2

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will examine the history, purpose, and development of museum education. You will identify the range of programs and methods used within contemporary museum education and gain an understanding of their drivers including government policy, pedagogies, and marketing. You will survey museum learning environments and evaluate their capacity to be immersive, hands-on, participatory and fit for purpose and audience.

 Using the knowledge gained from your investigations into contemporary museum education, you will then design, develop and present an original museum education program for presentation to an industry partner in the field of museum education.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes

MC280 Master of Arts (Arts Management)

  • Attain appropriate and relevant arts management knowledge, with the ability to critique, use and apply that knowledge across a range of situations, enabling effective judgments in dealing with new and emerging issues in the field
  • Carry out self-directed learning and independent research to develop your individual arts management practice and locate your work globally within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context
  • Demonstrate the skills of research, analysis and presentation within professional and academic fields
  • Engage critically in theoretical, historical, social, legal, environmental and cultural contexts with reference to the arts management industry context
  • Demonstrate the capacity to work independently, as well as with others in group and team activities and decision-making processes to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes
  • Engage critically, creatively and effectively using available resources to solve arts management issues and reflect on the process and outcomes.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of museum education
  2. Critically reflect on the role of contemporary museum education
  3. Identify and classify a range of contemporary museum education programs and their capacity to engage their audiences
  4. Design, develop and present a fit-for-purpose museum education program

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities, studio/industry visits, field trips and/or industry-based projects Delivery may be face-to-face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Gallery and Museum Management students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment includes:

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: 30% Education Research Essay 1500 words 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3 

Assessment Task 2: 40% Museum Education Written Project, 2500 words 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3  

Assessment Task 3: 15% Museum Education Project Presentation 
CLOs: 2, 3, 4 

Assessment Task 4: 15% Weekly Class Reflection 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions