Program Courses

To earn the Museum Studies Certificate, students must complete the three core courses. "The Exhibit" course is optional and intended for professionals at smaller institutions who need specific exhibit design know-how.

PDP courses are offered online, remotely, and on-campus in accordance with University guidelines . Please refer to the Schedule Notes for course delivery information.

IMPORTANT: The registration process for all professional development courses requires you to (A) register for your course, (B) complete an acknowledgment of Northwestern University's Student Expectations and COVID-19 Code of Conduct in CAESAR. Current students with an active NetID must complete their student acknowledgment in CAESAR before registering for courses. New students must complete their student acknowledgment in CAESAR within 48 hours of enrollment before official registration can be finalized.
Please contact pdp@northwestern.edu for assistance.



MUSEUM 371-DL : Successful Museum Management


Description

This interactive course explores the organization, governance and management of museums, with a focus on real-world problem solving. We consider the role of the board, the museum president, staff and volunteers. Topics include strategic planning, organizational structure and development, fundraising, marketing, collections management, exhibit development and design, evaluation and museum finances. Students, instructor and guest museum lecturers together critically examine current issues in the museum world, such as technological impacts, funding strategies, relevance to new audiences, virtual museums and economic impacts.

 

With guidance from museum professionals, students take on real projects at real museums. Past projects have ranged from marketing plans to volunteer recruitment strategies to exhibit development to retail planning. For this on-line session, students are encouraged to participate in a live weekly webinar with the instructor, guest museum experts and fellow students. Those who can’t join live will access the webinar recording. We will offer a few weekend and evening field trips for those in the Chicago area, which will be made available via video for all students. The instructor offers live online “office hours” to answer questions and help students keep up with the brisk pace of this interactive course and its practical applications. Get ready to have fun, network with museum professionals, and either advance your museum career or explore whether a museum career is right for you.

 

Course Materials:


Course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided via the online course site.

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


Additional Information:

This course is offered during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.

Tuition : $1260

Spring 2022
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
04/04/22 - 06/12/22Asynch
Asynch 50
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Kerr, Debra
Ludden, Jack
Online
Closed30896
Schedule Notes :

This course will be conducted asynchronously, online.


Summer 2022
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
06/20/22 - 08/28/22Asynch
Asynch 50
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Kerr, Debra
Ludden, Jack
Online
Open40240
Schedule Notes :

This course will be conducted asynchronously, online.

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