Museum Management and Curatorship

The Museum Management and Curatorship post-graduate program is an intensive, fast-paced, immersion experience that provides applied training for careers in the museum, gallery or heritage sectors.

Note: Approximately 75% of classes are held at the Peterborough Museum & Archives.


Fall 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: ACM
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Gayle McIntyre Email
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: September 05, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $3,020.62 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $8,630.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Make history come alive, create meaningful stories by documenting and preserving our heritage for the society of today and future generations.

Museum Managers and Curators don't just preserve the relics, stories, and memorabilia of the past. They animate it and interpret it, bringing history to life for people of all ages and stages. Put your college diploma or university degree to work in the service of a society that needs to know its past -- in order to inform the future.

You will take this post-graduate certificate program during three consecutive semesters. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who want to acquire applied skills-based training for careers in the museum/gallery or heritage sectors. The courses have been developed in consultation and co-operation with museums and heritage organizations in order to offer a real, not simulated, work experience. Updated curriculum reflects best practices rooted in ethical applications. The program is an optimal blend of independent study, in-class lectures, discussion, group work and applied projects.

The Peterborough Museum & Archives, a City-owned and operated institution, is the program's main learning partner. The museum has designated spaces for Fleming students. This is where you will attend the majority of your lectures. As well, you will do practical training at this museum. Find out more information about the museum at:

Classes are also held in the dedicated conservation laboratory and computer labs at the College's Sutherland Campus.

By being immersed in museum work, you'll experience the complexity and diversity of tasks/duties in small to medium-sized museums or galleries. You will need to complete site work, research, and group projects and be prepared for off-campus teaching outside of "regular" day classes.

Success Stories

"The Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming prepared me with hands-on, practical training in the Museum field. Each assignment was relevant to the work I'm doing now - I still even refer to my class notes!  I would also say that the wonderful, supportive staff that they have running the program really made a difference.”   Amanda Sittrop, Program Graduate,  White Rock Museum and Archives, Collections and Exhibits Coordinator

"The Fleming Museum Management and Curatorship Program provided me with an informative and creative environment to learn the skills and theoretical principles necessary to apply my university education to opportunities in a broad museum context.  I was able to explore career options in the heritage sector with a competitive  advantage as a result of completing the program.”  Jessica Ellison, Program Graduate, Young Canada Works Program Officer, Canadian Museum Association

“As a museum manager, I have found interns and graduates from the Fleming Museum Management and Curatorship and Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management programs to be motivated, skilled and committed to a career in the heritage sector. Following a recent nationwide search for an Assistant Curator/Collections Coordinator, our top two choices out of more than 250 applicants were both Fleming grads.”  John Summers, M.M.St., Employer, Manager and Curator of Heritage Services, Regional Municipality of Halton

Why Choose Fleming

The Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College is unique in Canada, and is one of the few available to students interested in this field. The post-graduate certificate is highly regarded by heritage, historical, and cultural institutions, galleries, museums, and graduates. The program benefits from strong partnerships and support from museums and galleries.

The third semester of the Museum Management and Curatorship program is a challenging, full-time, four-month internship during the spring and summer. This unpaid, curriculum-based internship will give you hands-on work experience.

Attention Trent University students. If you're in third or fourth year, you can credit your Fleming year in this program toward an Honours B.A. (Contact Trent University for details.)

Work Experience

By the nature of this program, a significant amount of time is spent working in the field, and on practical projects. You'll also take part in an exciting, internship program throughout the spring and summer of your final semester -- putting all your hard work and studies into motion. Students should be prepared to relocate for the internship, to pay full tuition, and be self-supporting. You will negotiate your own internship with faculty assistance, and several students have gone abroad for the internship - for example, to placements in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Students are responsible for negotiating and funding requirements for international internships including visas, travel and insurance.Examples of internship locations include:

  • Heritage Preservation Office - Peterborough
  • Peterborough Museum & Archives
  • Provincial Archives Associations
  • Ontario Museum Association
  • The Rooms Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia Museums
  • Metro Toronto Zoo
  • Bata Shoe Museum
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum
  • National Trust, England

Is this You?

  • An interest in history, culture, and heritage
  • manual dexterity
  • public relations skills
  • ability to work with people of all ages
  • cultural sensitivity/awareness
  • ability to multi-task
  • time management skills
  • sense of humour
  • team building skills
  • strong communication skills

Looking for an Advantage?

Experience or certification in the following are assets:

  • Digital photography
  • Photoshop, Adobe Suite 
  • Fall Arrest Training
  • French language skills
  • Fire Prevention Training
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (P.A.L.) (to work in military museums and many community museums)
  • Experience working with databases 
  • Smart Serve Food Handling
  • Other languages
  • Valid driver's licence
  • Criminal Reference Check Vulnerable Sector 

Career Opportunities

You'll find employment at historic sites, parks, zoos, monuments, living history sites, museums, galleries, and in heritage/arts/cultural education. Job titles include:

  • archivist/collections manager/registrar
  • curator
  • museum interpreter/guide/animator 
  • outreach and extension co-ordinator
  • exhibit designer/co-ordinator
  • education officer
  • fundraiser
  • museum manager

An initial job after graduation most likely will be a contract position, but you'll progress from there to more permanent, full-time employment. There's a high employment rate in the field following graduation.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • An Ontario College diploma
  • A university degree in a related field, or the equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic admission requirements will be considered on an individual basis by the program co-ordinator.

Related Programs

This program is ideally suited as a continuing studies addition to a degree or diploma. For instance, Trent University students in third or fourth year can take this program to help them earn an Honours B.A. Related Links:

Canadian Museum Association
American Alliance of Museums
Ontario Museum Association
Canadian Heritage Information Network
Canadian Conservation Institute
Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property
Conservation on line
American Institute for Conservation
Historic Royal Palaces Blog
Health Requirements and Certifications

If you have a complex medical history, we strongly advise you to discuss your concerns with the program co-ordinator, and to consult with your doctor. You must update Tetanus and all immunizations prior to the start of classes. In addition, students are required to pay certification fees and present current certification for Standard First Aid, CPR (C Level), WHMIS (G.H.S.) training and Ladder training,  and a current Criminal Reference Check Vulnerable Sector Screening. Please provide proof of documentation at the start of classes in the fall. Links to mandatory free AODA training will be provided to those who are accepted into the program. 

Additional Costs

Books/supply costs are approximately $1600 a year.  Additional fees may be required for field trips or specialized workshops. A laptop with Adobe Creative Suite 6 software and a digital SLR camera are assets. Students should also consider taking advantage of student rates to join industry professional associations

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