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Semester I (Foundation Course)
* All the courses falling in I, II and III semester are core courses
and are compulsory.
1) Introduction to the History of Indian Art
The course surveys the major landmarks in Indian art history and
traces the significant developments in the architectural, sculptural and
painting traditions from their early beginnings to the modern period.
Selective and significant sites and schools of art and architecture
shall be introduced in this course along with the major art movements.
2) Introduction to Museology
The course aims to acquaint students with the fundamentals of the
role and functions of museums from their historical beginnings to the
present, the philosophy and multifarious nature of museums including
emerging trends in Museology in the form of New Museology that sees
museums "beyond walls."
3) Introduction to Conservation Science
Museum collections and heritage sites form a basis for the study of
art history in a substantial manner. With time, these collections and
sites do undergo various types of deterioration necessitating their
conservation. Though a specialized science, certain aspects of
conservation such as preventive conservation can be implemented by
professionals other than conservators. The course will cover basics
relating to the conservation of cultural heritage. The emphasis will be
on preventive conservation but curative aspects of conservation shall
also be briefly discussed.
4) Research Methodology in Museum Studies
The Course intends to equip the students with tools and techniques
of carrying out a variety of research works, data collections and
analysis in the various subjects of Museology on the lines of prevalent
research norms. It also takes into account the position, role and
philosophy of Museology from the origin of this discipline to present
times with an emphasis towards its future, both in the global and Indian
1) Museum Collection
This course examines current theories, methodologies and
technologies of collections. It is designed to acquaint students with
how and why collecting is done along with the history of collection.
Topics covered under this course include the History and Development of
collection, Types of Collection, Collection Policy and Nationalism,
Acquisition and Disposal: Practices and Regulation, Antiquities Act
Regulation: Conventions and Faking, Issues of Restitution of Cultural
Properties, Collection: Inter-museum Exchange of Exhibitions, Access to
the collection and Storage Collection.
The accessibility to Museum Collection is also the accessibility to
the information associated. This course imparts theoretical and
practical training about the established international norms and
practices of Museum Documentation, which includes recording,
structuring, maintaining, and retrieving of information related to
pertinent objects of museum collection. It deals with the Objectives and
Principles of Museum Documentation, Standardization and Research Data
input, Procedures and Practices in Documentation system and the Methods
of Documentation (Mannual and Digital), and the Special Features of
Certain Object Categories.
3) Museum and Education
This course is structured to elucidate the correlation between
Museums and Education. The scope of the course encompasses meaning and
definition of Museum Education along with the issues of interpretation,
outreach programme and non-formal education. Theoretical aspects of
exploring educational potential of museums are supplemented by practical
training in the mediums for the same. The course also imparts an
understanding on the importance of Target Audience and Visitors Survey's
and on Children as Special Category of Target Audience.
The course is intended to explicate the fundamentals of Museum
Exhibition incorporating all details from the conceptualization stage to
the final execution. The particulars of museum display including various
aspects of designing and lighting are also covered in the course. The
course offers an insight into Objectives and Definition of Exhibition,
Elements of Exhibition (Design, Display and Communication, Exhibition
Policy and Types of Exhibition), Display and Communication,
Communication Master Plan and Target Audience, Conceptualization,
Formatting and Layout, Design: Concept and Initializing, Lighting
Techniques-Direct/Indirect and Evaluation.
1) Museum Management and Administration
The course deals with the theories, concepts and Practices of
Management along with the Management Principle, both General and
Pertinent to Museums. The course also focuses on the Human Resource
(Personnel) Management and the Financial Resource Management in the
museum set-up in conjunction with the Museum's Administrative Framework.
2) Museum Architecture
The course offers to provide an in-depth understanding of the Museum
Types (Building Type, Theme Type, Size Type) along with the skill of
preparing a Design Brief (Internal and External Areas, Preparing
Architect's Brief). Issues dealt in the course cover the Design Process
of Museum (Site and Location, New Building and Old Building) and the
Design Approach (the Functional Approach involving lighting, size etc
and the Human Approach of Visual Perception, Human Response etc.).
Concerns of later architectural adaptation and expansion in museums are
also included in the course.
3) Museum Marketing and Public Relation
The course deliberates into the areas of Museum Marketing and Public
Relations by outlining the General Principles of Museum Marketing and
the Nature of Public Relation in Museum Setting. The course focuses on
Methods of Marketing, and the problems of Museum Accessibility. It
emphasizes the function of the museum as a public facility and confirms
the importance of Publicity and Public Relation in museums along with
Evaluation, Assessment and Improvisation.
Choices for Elective Courses (Two courses to be chosen compulsorily)
1) Museum, Society and Art Practices
The course proposes to examine the various regional and national,
socio-cultural contexts in which a museum exists and its relevance to
the society and community it serves with reference to Indian Museums. It
also explores the changes and growth in art traditions and cultural
practices which may be generated or affected through the museum.
2) Museum Visitor and Access Studies
The course emphasizes the need, methods and practicalities of the
task of studying Museum visitors and provides an all-inclusive Access.
It takes into account in-depth study of the current practices and
established norms in the field. It focuses on the Definitions,
Significance and Methodology of Accessibility, Evaluation, Visitor
Profile and Survey. It deals with the issues of "Planning with Inclusion
as a Goal", Access as a Civil Right Issue and Access to Cultural
Resources. It imparts an understanding of audiences, their needs and
their behavior, both at Macro Level (General Audience Information) and
Micro level (Specific Audience Information) along with an insight into
the various visitor categories, survey procedures and the analysis
3) Museums and Community Participation
The course charts the genesis and development of museum and
museology along with giving an insight of the New Museum Movement, New
Museum Models and Terminologies. It also instructs about emerging cases
of New Movement in the Indian Context.
4) Art Galleries Management
This course is intended to impart students with the theoretical base
and practical skills of all the operational aspects of art gallery
management. The target of this course is to offer students the chance to
unite their background in museology with an array of managerial works
such as writing, research, management, public relations and marketing.