What will I learn?

Get a professional qualification that allows you to work in the diverse museum sector. When you enrol in museum studies at Deakin, you’ll learn how to identify, conserve and interpret objects and collections in museums and galleries and the role of museums within society. Today’s museums are evolving. They’re designed to be much more accessible and, as such, are attracting more diverse audiences every day. Innovation and new technologies are pushing the contemporary museum to think outside the box and to engage with audiences in new ways.

The Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies is designed to provide you with the range of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in all kinds of museums. Some of the areas you’ll study include heritage interpretation, collections and curatorship, cataloguing and documentation, and the ethical and legal implications of moving, acquiring or disposing of an object or collection. You’ll also look at the role and function of exhibitions including budgets, planning, policy, and audience involvement

As part of your studies you can undertake an internship or practical placements in Australia or internationally, usually in professionally-staffed museum or heritage organisations. Internships and practical placements involve working on one or more projects, as agreed with the host institution. You’ll be required to spend a minimum of 10 working days on the placement. This can be undertaken full-time (e.g. over a minimum of two weeks) or on a part-time basis.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies will lead you to entry to the Master of Cultural Heritage. As a graduate, you may find employment in museums, heritage institutions, government agencies, private corporations, community organisations and in private practice. Typical job titles include: curator, heritage officer, collections manager, registrar, public programs officer, researcher, and project officer.

Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

4 credit points of core units;
4 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below; and
Academic Integrity AAI018
Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

Graduates may find employment as practitioners in museums, heritage institutions, government agencies, private corporations, community organisations and in private practice. Typical job titles include: curator, heritage officer, collections manager, registrar, public programs officer, researcher and project officer.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Education

CRICOS

012804J

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year
This fee refers to full time and its guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

7 March 2022

Venue

Cloud Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus,

221 Burwood Highway,

BURWOOD,

Victoria,

3125, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants can also have equivalent qualifications gained by examination or relevant professional or industrial expedience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL (PBT) score of 550; CPE score of 45 no less than 'weak' in each skill; CAE score of 52 no less than 'borderline' in each skill; PTE score of 52-57 no less than 50 in each skill; OET Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading.

For international students

Minimum course admission criteria - Bachelor’s degree or higher OR two years relevant work experience OR evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

IELTS: Overall 6.5 No band lower than 6

TOEFL IBT: 79 Writing 21; TOEFL PBT: 577 Writing 4.5

C1 PROFICIENCY and C2 PROFICIENCY: 176 No band less than 169

PTE: 58 No less than 50 in each skill

OET: Overall C+

DUELI EAP PROGRAM: EAP 4 (60%)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Deakin University

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