Master of Applied Cultural Heritage Studies

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  • Objectives
    In this course you will study the history of cultural heritage management concepts and practices and explore the social and political construction of heritage values. You’ll examine the history of museums, collections and the socio-political construction of heritage in museums. You will complete professional placements in heritage institutions and complete advanced project-based programs in the aspects of applied heritage studies you’re most interested in. You’ll be given the opportunity to study specialist topics of personal or professional interest to you and can develop an exhibition or other interpretation project.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Academic title
    Master of Applied Cultural Heritage Studies
  • Course description
     Course CRICOS Code: 060337M
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years


    This course is ideally suited to those wanting to develop professional skills in the cultural heritage area or those who, while already in the field, need professional qualifications for reasons of career development. Increasingly, institutions like museums and other heritage bodies require their employees to have professional qualifications in the cultural heritage field. A student has the option of exiting from the program with a graduate diploma after the second semester of full-time study or equivalent part-time study.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites
    A Bachelor degree or equivalent, or a postgraduate diploma from a recognised tertiary institution.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning, based on undergraduate study, will not be recognised. If a student has gained adequate knowledge of the content of a core or optional unit through previous coursework, Head of Department approval will need to be sought to substitute an approved unit of equivalent weight.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee-paying course is one and a half years full-time or three years part-time study. All heritage units for this course are also available through Distance Education, with the exception of Heritage Studies 516 (Exhibition Development).

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards II

    Graduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies.

    Course Organisation

    Students complete a common core of units embracing museology and the management and interpretation of historical places. They also undertake a placement in a museum or at a heritage site and are given the opportunity to work on an exhibition with a professional museum designer. In the final semester of their degree students undertake a research project.

    Career Opportunities

    This course is designed to provide a professional qualification enabling graduates to gain employment in areas such as museum work, the interpretation of historical sites, art galleries and historical research.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

    11227     v.5           Heritage Studies (Cultural Heritage Management) 511     3.0     25.0
    11230     v.3           Heritage Specialism 591                                                     1.5     25.0
    11788     v.3           Heritage Studies (Museology) 515                                     3.0     25.0
    304104   v.3           Heritage Studies (Visual Images) 517                                3.0     25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2
    11231     v.3           Heritage Specialism 592                                                     1.5      25.0
    304105   v.3           Heritage Studies (Placement) 518                                     15.0     25.0
                                   SELECT 2 OPTIONS                                                                        50.0

    Year 2 Semester 1
    306703     v.2           Heritage Studies (Placement) 519                                   15.0     25.0
                                     SELECT 3 OPTIONS                                                                      75.0

    Optional Units (No Year Level Specified)                                               Hrs/Wk     Credit
    11228     v.5           Heritage Studies (Local History) 512                                     3.0     25.0
    11229     v.6           Heritage Studies (Protecting Heritage Places) 513                3.0     25.0
    12473     v.3           Tourism and Event Marketing 570                                          3.0     25.0
    12623     v.4           Local Planning 511                                                                 3.0     25.0
    301359   v.3           Indigenous Australian Identity and Representation 501        3.0     25.0
    301361   v.3           Working with Indigenous Australian People 502                    3.0     25.0
    301366   v.3           Indigenous Australian Family Perspectives 502                      3.0     25.0
    301451   v.3           Introduction to Indigenous Australians 501                           3.0     25.0
    301452   v.3           Aboriginal Land and Native Title 501                                      3.0     25.0
    304106   v.3           Heritage Studies (Exhibition Development) 516                     3.0     25.0
    305737   v.2           Indigenous Australians and Gender 502                                 3.0     25.0
    305738   v.2           Indigenous Australian Spirituality 501                                    3.0     25.0
    305861   v.2           Indigenous Australian Independent Study 500                      3.0     25.0
    308991   v.1           Cultural Heritage Reading Seminar 598                                  1.0     25.0
    308993   v.1           Cultural Heritage Reading Seminar 599                                  1.0     25.0
    310099   v.1           Planning for Sustainability 511                                                3.0     25.0
    5308       v.7           Planning Theory 511                                                               3.0     25.0

    Year      Location                  Period     All*  Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1     Y                       

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

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