Learn curatorial and conservation techniques for a career upholding culture and history.
The three-year Applied Museum Studies Ontario College Advanced Diploma prepares you with the knowledge and skills to support curatorial and conservation activities in the museum, heritage and cultural sectors.
Gain skills and knowledge in:
conservation and preservation
Develop capabilities related to cultural resource management, focusing on collections care, research and interpretation. Areas of study include:
classifying, cataloguing and interpreting collections of artifacts and works of art
constructing and installing exhibits and displays
assessing, preserving and treating material culture
Put theory into practice in our well-appointed conservation and exhibition preparation labs. Working with our teaching collection and in collaboration with local cultural institutions, you complete a variety of hands-on projects and group assignments that will enhance your knowledge and skills and make valuable contributions in museums, galleries and the cultural sector.
This program includes a full-semester field placement. The field experience combines your theory and lab skills with professional practice in the cultural industry. At the end of your placement, highlight your work in a showcase event. The showcase event also gives you the chance to network with industry professionals for future employment.
Graduates of this program may find opportunities in entry-level technical and management positions in museums and galleries or other cultural/heritage institutions. Graduates may also be employed as freelance museum contractors or as staff in antique or art shops.
This program is well-suited for students who:
Have an interest in preserving our cultural past.
Like to be creative with their hands and/or tools.
Enjoy educating others about cultures, historical events, people and our natural world.
Are observant and well-organized.
Have good interpersonal and communication skills.
Are detail oriented.