The Exhibiting Contemporary History programme takes one academic year to complete. Graduates are awarded a certificate and 30 ECTS credits. Admission requirements are a university degree and work experience at a European memorial or museum. The primary language of instruction is English, however reading ability in German is desirable.
The course of study is divided into three two-week phases during which residency is required. These comprise seminars, external workshops, and practice units. The first phase covers museum and exhibit theory and takes place in Jena and Essen (5 November to 17 November 2018/ calendar weeks 45 and 46). The second phase is dedicated to analysing exhibits and takes place at different European museums (11 March to 22 March 2019/ calendar weeks 11 and 12). In the third phase, participants meet at Buchenwald memorial, where they develop their own exhibit concepts and take part in an evaluation forum (1 July to 10 July 2018/ calendar weeks 27 and 28). Participants finish the programme with a final thesis.
The seminars, workshops, and practice units are taught by guest instructors from universities and research institutes as well as museums and memorial sites. The instructors are recognised museum theorists, experienced and internationally networked curators, and exhibition analysts. Before and between the residency periods are periods of self-study. The course is structured so that the residency and self-study periods can be coordinated with participants' professional obligations.
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