Programme: BSocSciHons (Heritage, Museum and Preservation Studies)

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Code Faculty Department
01243025 Faculty of Humanities Department: School of the Arts
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 120 NQF level:  08

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant bachelor’s degree with at least one of the following subjects passed at final-year level: Archaeology, Anthropology, Architecture, Cultural/Social History, Visual Arts, Visual Culture Studies, Library/Information Science, Chemistry, Zoology, Entomology or any other applicable subject in the field of the human or natural sciences
  2. A weighted average of at least 70% for the subject mentioned above, at final-year level

Other programme-specific information

Students must conduct at least six (6) weeks of documented and supervised collections-based research or work place learning within a museum setting by the end of the honours programme and demonstrate mastery over basic museological techniques.

Minimum credits: 120

Core modules

  • Module content:

    This module will introduce students to the practices in museums including collecting, collections management, conservation and curation. In addition to mainstream museum collections, students will work with ‘ordinary’ and hidden archives found beyond the museum walls. This module is strongly focused on developing a familiarity and confidence when working with heritage objects including appropriate handling, housing and mounting for storage and exhibition; risk assessment and mitigation and general collections care theory and practice. In addition, students will be exposed to contemporary curatorial practices necessary for the practicalities of conceptualising and mounting of exhibitions and displays in a public space. They will as well be introduced to the growing field of digital curation.

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  • Module content:

    This module provides an overview of basic elements of museums, their missions, history and their characteristics. It is organised around key activities of museums, viz history, structure, management, collections, display, interpretation, education and civil engagement.

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  • Module content:

    A research report on an approved topic.

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