About the Diploma Program in Curatorial and Museum Studies
The Diploma Program in Curatorial and Museum Studies in Tel-Aviv Unviersity's Faculty of the Arts was founded in 1984 by the last Prof. Mordechai Omer, who stood as its head until his passing in 2011. This program constitutes the first and most veteran academic framework for instruction of Curatorship and Museology.
To this day, sixteen classes graduated from the program and their students occupy a wide range of professions in the various museums across the country and many of them even occupy key positions.
The aim of the program is to enforce the application of the Law of Museums, which was signed in the Kneset in the year 1983, which requires the employment of staff members who received recognized education in the fields of Curatorship and Museology, to be responsible for managing collections, producing exhibitions and their accompanying activities.
The program is recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Culture Authority, The Department of Museums and Plastic Art.
The program encompasses subjects from the different aspects of Curatorship and Museology that have to do with each other, and their instruction in spread over the various semesters: the exhibition, the collection, history and architecture of museums, research and writing, administration and human resources, education and museum, the program, internships, tours and practical work in the field.
The studies include theoretical and practical lessons and exercises as well as museum tours, and encompass all of the theoretical and private fields of instruction of Curatorship and Museology. These are applicable in museums that deal with all of the different fields of culture and science such as art, archeology, history, Judaica, exact-sciences and life-sciences.
The aim of the program is to grant professional knowledge and train Curators for work in museums, as well as to add another layer to the education of those who are already staff members of museums and develop their professional skills.