Course Title: Museum Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Museum Education

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

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

  • 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

Classes are designed to be a safe and open forum for the discussion of ideas, dilemmas, challenges and opportunities. Classes cater for all levels of experience and are a place for constructive critique, group and individual learning. Mutual support, sharing of knowledge and full participation is strongly encouraged. You will require: independent research skills including the ability to find references beyond the reading provided as well as the ability to use RMIT library and online databases; established writing skills including an understanding of different genres within formal academic writing and the ability to cite references according to required styles (e.g. APA, Harvard); a confident ability to uphold the values of academic integrity and avoid plagiarism; critical and creative thinking skills; problem-solving skills; verbal presentation abilities; and the ability to work productively within a team.

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.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian. A detailed reference list is also provided to you on the Learning Management System (LMS). Speakers may provide you with references and your lecturer may set reading for seminars. Course-connected skill development classes and tutorials are available to you if you need them.

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 1. Education Research Essay, 1500 words 30% due in seminar 4 LO1, LO2, LO3

Assessment 2. Museum Education Project

Part a. Written Project, 2500 words 40% due in seminar 8 LO1, LO2, LO3

 Assessment 3. Museum Education Project

Part b. Presentation, 10 Minutes, 15% due in seminar 9 LO2, LO3, LO4

 Assessment 4. Weekly Class Reflection, 1000 words (10 x100) 15% due at the end of each seminar LO1, LO2, LO3

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.