University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, MA

Course Description

1.Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Exhibition Planning and Management

Academic Program: Museum Studies Program, MA in Museum Studies

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                    Elective

Hours/week: 3     theoretical:  2      practical:  2

Credit Hours: 3

2.Course Aims

This course aims to:

This course is an introduction to the display of collections and to the organization of temporary exhibitions. It aims to give students the fundamental tools for the management of a museum project, from the formulation of the storyboard to the setting up of a Museography or until the completion of the exhibition. It addresses the scientific, financial, technical, practical and human dimensions that intersect in a project of scenography of works.

3.Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

Exhibition management: introduction to tools, issues, uses, results.

Identification and description of objects

Exhibition management tools : Inventory and stocktakingCataloguing and documentation

documentation Public Access/restricted access to the collections.

b. Intellectual Skills

Creating and managing the museum

Elaboration of the scenario, definition of the message

c. Professional Skills

Collaborative work

Practical workshop : writing work, budget work, administrative files

Comparative analysis of existing system

d. General & Transferable skills

After this course, students should be able to:

Replan and relocate parts or groups of artefacts.

Carry out permenant and temporary exhbitions

4.Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

The types of exhibitions: permanent, temporary, itinerant

 

-The actors of the exhibition project and the role of the project manager

 

-Process and stages of the design of an exhibition of works (permanent)

- Planning: objectives, choice of the public, means

- Elaboration of the scenario, definition of the message(s)

- Choice of works and objects

- The scenography of the presentation of the exhibition

-Exhibition furniture: picture rails, display cases, supports and pedestals.

The materials. The lighting of the exhibition

- Taking into account the public :

Flow and circulation, hanging heights, course comfort, specific public needs

- The supports of the exhibition 1: cartels, sections...

choice of signage, graphics, text writing

- The supports of the exhibition 2: complementary tools

sensory devices (smells, tactile objects, sounds, taste), screens, digital terminals, activity areas

- Manufacturing the display, works, calendar management

The temporary exhibition (6h)

- Loan applications

- Loan management: legal and organisational framework, loan documents.

- From the arrival of the works to the opening of the exhibition, the state of the works...

- Mounting/dismounting the exhibition

Logistics, financial and administrative coordination of exhibitions.

- Develop and manage a budget (team, objects, scenography, mediation, communication, operation) and fundraising

- Management of relations with the providers, procedure of call for suppliers.

- Principles of drafting specifications.

- Assessment and evaluation of an exhibition.

5. Teaching and Learning Methods

- Lecturing with discussion and active participations

- collaborative work

- practical workshop : writing work, digital work

- comparative analysis of existing systems

- presentation and class discussion

6. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

-Activation staff office hours.

-Additional revisions of previously taught topics and difficult parts of the course.

-Providing a summary of previous course aspects as well as a short introduction to each topic before discussing in class.

7. Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

Exercise = Elaboration of the scenario, choice of works

Exercise: writing a loan application 

Exercise: Elaboration of a budget

Exercise: drafting of specifications .

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Elaboration of the scenario, choice of works

4-5

10%

writing a loan application 

11

10%

Elaboration of a budget

13

10%

drafting of specifications

13

10%

Final Exam

15

60%

8. List of References

a. Core readings:

Elizabeth Bogle,Museum Exhibition Planning and Design,

 Leslie Bedford, The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences, Walnut Creek, 2015

 

Gail and Barry Lord, The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, 2002.

 

REMBLAY, François, Allegra WRIGHT et Han MEETER. Exhibition budgeting / Budgéter une exposition. International Committee for Exhibition Exchange (ICEE), IICOM­ICEE, 2001, 50 p.

FredaMatassa, Organizing Exhibitions, a handbook for museums, libraries and archives, London, Facet, 2014.

Michael Belcher, Exhibitionsin museums, Leicester museum studies series, Leicester University Press, 1991

Organizing Exhibition Space, Museum international, XLVII, 1, 1995, Unesdoc (on line : http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=102167&set=005AB18A8A_3_362&database=ged&gp=0&lin=1&ll=f)

b. Suggested readings:

Jean Davallon, “L’écriture de l’exposition :expographie, muséographie, scénographie”, Culture et musées, 2010, 16, p. 229-238.

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.

http://www.scenographes.fr/scenographes.fr/index.php#

9. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

The types of exhibitions: permanent, temporary, itinerant

1

x

 

 

x

The actors of the exhibition project and the role of the project manager

2

x

 

 

x

Process and stages of an exhibition planning

3

x

 

 

x

Process and stages of an exhibition scenario and choice of objects

4

x

 

 

x

Process and stages of an exhibition  scenario and choice of objects

5

x

 

x

xx

Process and stages of an exhibition scenography

6

 

x

x

x

Process and stages of an exhibition scenography

7

 

x

x

x

Process and stages of an exhibition Taking into account the public

8

 

x

x

x

Process and stages of an exhibition  The supports of the exhibition 1 - 2

9

x

x

 

x

Process and stages of an exhibition : manufacturing the display

10

 

 

x

x

writing a loan application 

11

 

x

x

x

The temporary exhibition

12

 

x

x

x

Logistics, financial and administrative coordination of exhibitions

13

x

x

x

 

Elaboration of a budget

14

 

x

x

x

Final Exam

15