Museum Studies Course will be an interdisciplinary Postgraduate Course between the Department of History - Archaeology and the Department of Geology of the University of Athens , in collaboration with the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the Technological Educational Institution of Athens. The postgraduate program will award a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. The duration of the program will be 4 semesters (3 semesters of lectures and 1 for the dissertation). The Students should attend 13 taught elements (10 core modules and 3 optional courses). Assessment procedure is based on written work in the form of a series of essays for each course. It is also necessary for the students to hand in a dissertation on a particular area of interest in the 4 th semester, as well as to sit an oral examination.
The aim of the course is to provide academic and professional training to those, who wish to be employed professionally in a museum, and due to the fact that in Greece there are a great number of museums, but only a limited number of specialists in Museology. Consequently, the program intends to train students in a basic range of skills including all areas of current museum practice. Its purpose is not to concentrate only on the traditional archaeological collections, but also to look at all types of museums, such as geological, biological, science, medical museums etc.
The entry requirements will be a second class Honours Degree from a Greek University , a degree from a Technological Institution or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
The number of students, who will attend the Museum Studies course, will be limited to 15. The teaching staff will be comprised of lecturers from the three participating departments, as well as other visiting lecturers. Furthermore, the University of Athens has established 15 Museums since its founding in 1839,that will enable students to gain experience and develop their practical skills.
History and Theory of Museums : Definition of a museum, museum professions, history of greek and european museums, old and new museology, current trends in museum practice, psychology of collecting, material culture.
Collections Management: Collecting policy, acquisition and disposal methods, documentation, security of collections.
Technology of Materials: Study of the structure, the technology and the characteristics of the construction materials of museum objects. Organic materials (argil, inorganic pigments, metals, plaster, siliceous rocks) and inorganic materials of archaeological objects and works of art (proteins etc).
Greek and European Law concerning Cultural Heritage : Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Archaeological law, Codes of Ethics of ICOM and other affiliated organizations.
Organization of Museum Space, Communication and Education: Labeling objects, exhibition design, methods and techniques of exhibiting objects, light, color. Communication theories, organization of museum space.
Preventive Conservation: Considers way of monitoring environment , (RH, light, environmental pollution), storage, packing, handling objects.
Museums and New Technologies: Issues of application of new technologies inside museums web-sites, VR museums, software
Management ο f Non Profit Organizations: Management of museums, marketing strategies, strategic planning, funding, business plan, P.R., donations.
Communication and Education : Educational programs in museums, schools and museums, evaluation methods, theories of learning, interpreting exhibitions.
Case studies: Students apply their knowledge doing their placement in a museum.
*List of Option Courses:
General History of Art
Issues of Greek and European History
Geology and Palaeontology
Bio - erosion
Issues of Technology of Materials