SUPPLEMENTARY SUBJECT IN MUSEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Museum studies, communicating culture, and musealisation processes

Do you have an academic background in archaeology, aesthetics, history or communication? Are you interested in the administration and communication of culture and cultural heritage? In museological studies, you examine musealisation processes, i.e. the way a society selects and administers cultural products that are preserved for posterity.

 

Analysis and practice

As a student of museological studies, you analyse musealisation processes from historical, reflective and comparative perspectives. You also work with organisational analysis, marketing and management theory, and thus gain insight into the specific tools that will enable you to work in a number of different functions at museums or similar cultural heritage institutions. Museological studies is the only supplementary subject at the University of Aarhus that can be concluded with a three-month period of practical training, during which you have an opportunity to experience the museum branch, the cultural branch and the creative industries branch at close hand.

 

An interdisciplinary perspective

Museological studies puts a new perspective on your main subject due to its interdisciplinary nature with roots in different humanistic disciplines. You become acquainted with a wide range of academic branches and professional approaches. The subject undergoes constant development in collaboration with external sources (e.g. museums) and internal partners (the different subjects and faculties). Museological studies at the University of Aarhus is also intended as a coherent degree programme with integrated progression, in which the Bachelor’s project is experienced as a synthesis of the modules previously taught.

 

Good museological questions

  • How do you decide if a material or non-material cultural product is worth preserving and displaying?
  • What societal and ethical requirements do museal institutions have to live up to today?
  • What characterises the way visitors experience an exhibition?
  • What role do concepts such as branding and creative industries economy play in relation to museology?
  • How do you plan and assess an exhibition?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:

-      SEE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.


Structure bachelor

Student life

Reading groups and seminar

The teaching in museological studies takes place in small groups. You and your fellow students set up interdisciplinary reading groups in which you prepare and deliver oral contributions and written assignments relevant to the specific lessons. You are also given access to a well-developed FirstClass conference system, which is used as a tool for both messages and teaching. Integrated into your teaching is a bridge-building seminar about current museological topics, where students catch up with the latest knowledge in the subject area and initiate networking activities with external partners.

 

Excursion and museum visits

As a student of museological studies, you get out – visiting museums as part of your lessons or on your own initiative. During the first term, the entire class goes on a three-day excursion to Copenhagen to visit museums and other cultural heritage institutions and to talk to a considerable number of interesting people in the industry. Expect to spend DKK 1,500 during the first term for the excursion to Copenhagen, museum visits, books and compendia, and DKK 800 during the second term. You can apply to the faculty for a partial refund of travel expenses during your period of practical training.

Career

The supplementary subject in museological studies targets positions in the museum world such as a curator, cultural communicator, planner or archivist.

You are qualified to work in areas such as:

 

  • Planning exhibitions and cultural events
  • Project management and organisation
  • Communication and marketing
  • Preservation of cultural heritage
  • Museum finances

You also gain practical experience and form networks with the museum world and the cultural world during your concluding period of practical training.

 

Competence profile

The supplementary subject in museological studies provides you with the following skills:

 

  • You develop your communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • You strengthen your interpersonal skills via reading groups and group presentations.
  • You practise your ability to think and work in interdisciplinary contexts.
  • You become more independent and develop your ability to think creatively.
  • You learn to understand a wide range of different disciplines from a museological angle.
  • You strengthen your analytical and critical skills regarding practical museal processes and the theoretical dimension of museology.