The general aim of the UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is to offer students a hands-on experience of working in the cultural heritage sector, worldwide, as part of their undergraduate liberal arts and sciences curriculum.More specifically, the 7.5 EC placement is closely connected to the bachelor thesis (15 EC), which it may precede or follow. This intensive personal and inter-disciplinary academic learning experience enables the student:
- To understand approaches to the cultural heritage sector;
- To evaluate specific dynamics of cultural heritage in situ, in a range of institutions;
- To contribute to the professional aims of a museum or heritage institution by undertaking a placement with such an institution;
- To understand how the institution and programme to which they contribute fits into broader global developments in the heritage sector;
- To gain academically-based, professional experience crucial for proceeding to Master's programmes in the fields of Art History, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage, and to create a professional network.
The UCU Cultural Heritage Programme is based in the Art History and Museum Studies track, but is unique in that it may be combined with other tracks. The programme consists of two courses from the Art History and Museum Studies track: HUMHAR22 Museum Studies and UCHUMHAR32 Heritage. These courses – and thereby CHIP - are also open to students interested in museums and heritage from across the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. You can enter UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies with any successfully completed 100-level HUM/ SSC/ SCI course. After completing Museum Studies, you can proceed to UCHUMHAR32 Heritage: Dynamics of Collections. Successful completion of those two courses, combined with many different tracks – in HUM, SSC, and SCI – qualifies you to undertake a supervised 7.5 EC academic internship as part of the CHIP.
UCHUMHAR22 Museum Studies deals with the birth of the public museum as one of the key institutions where art works are organised and displayed according to well-defined criteria – such as school, genre, and oeuvre. The first museum age, as the nineteenth century has been called, saw the opening of many of these institutions which were designed to house and display widely ranging collections – historical, archaeological, ethnographic, and scientific – in addition to art. Museum Studies draws upon the approaches, theories and debates of a range of scholars – art historians, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists – to examine the museum as one of the key institutions of modernity. The main focus is on the historical development and broader significance of ways of displaying collections, including a number of Dutch cases.