Museum and Gallery Studies

Program: MUSM
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Internship
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program provides students with a broad-based foundation in museum and gallery work, including the main technical areas common to all museums and galleries: conservation and collections management, exhibition design, public programming, and administration. This one year (three semester) graduate certificate program will give students a cross section of museum and gallery studies, combining academics, technical practice, and an internship.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a variety of positions within the museum and gallery industry, including:

  • museum/gallery conservator assistant,
  • museum registrar,
  • collection technician,
  • curatorial assistant,
  • educator,
  • animateur,
  • museum extension officer,
  • exhibition technician, etc.

Graduates may also find employment in museums and galleries in areas related to visitor services, marketing and publishing.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply knowledge of the history, development, and philosophy of museums and galleries, as well as their associated professions, to museum-related work;
  • manage the care and conservation of objects in collections;
  • participate in the management, growth, and development of a museum/gallery collection;
  • manage records for a museum or gallery collection;
  • assess the impact of environmental conditions on materials in a museum or gallery collection;
  • monitor and control the museum and gallery environment;
  • monitor, protect, and maintain artifacts that are in storage as well as those on display, in transit, or on loan;
  • research and interpret museum and gallery collections; 
  • develop, deliver, and evaluate educational programs;
  • coordinate temporary, permanent, and touring exhibitions, as well as satellite projects;
  • manage the routine operations of a museum or gallery in the for-profit or not-for profit sectors;
  • apply the principles of budgeting and financing, including grant writing, fund raising, and other related activities, to the operation of a museum or gallery;
  • complete museum-related work in accordance with best practices, ethical standards, and museum standards;
  • apply the work practices related to museum studies in environmentally responsible and sustainable ways that are beneficial to the community.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - Barrie

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree, or equivalent work experience 

Graduation Requirements

13 Mandatory Courses
1 Internship

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
MUSM 1000Understanding Museums and Galleries
MUSM 1001Curatorial Practices
MUSM 1002Collection Management
MUSM 1003Exhibition Design
MUSM 1004Museum and Gallery Management
MUSM 1005Technical Practices
MUSM 1006Preventative Conservation Techniques
MUSM 1007Educational Programming and Delivery
MUSM 1008Advanced Museum and Gallery Management
MUSM 1009Advanced Collection Management
MUSM 1010Research Methods for Museums and Galleries
MUSM 1011Advanced Exhibition Design
MUSM 1013Museum Studies Portfolio
MUSM 1012 Museum Studies Internship

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.