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SUMMER PROGRAMS  / THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MUSEUMS
02.06.2017


 
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The Art and Science of Museums
Museum Science, Preservation, Restoration

Russia's rich cultural heritage is complimented by a unique emphasis that Russians place on history and education. This has helped Russia produce one of the world's most extensive museum systems, one well-known not only for impressive collections but also thematic versatility, multiplicity of display modes, and sheer number of institutions. With private and public support, many of Russia's museums are being modernized and new museums are being established. Russians have supported this as some of the world's most avid museum enthusiasts.

The Art and Science of Museums seeks to understand the Russian museum phenomenon. Topics covered include: the history of collecting, the "museumification" of historic and cultural sites, museum operations (e.g. storage facilities, restoration labs, exhibition curation, education, and development), integration of technology and interactivity, and museum educational work.

The Art and Science of Museums is for students looking to understand how cultural and historical heritage can be best preserved and transmitted. We will take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hermitage Museum, and explore a plethora of others including educational museums at schools of higher learning, scientific museums, museums of ethnography, memorial apartment museums, literary museums, political history museums, and more.

The Art and Science of Museums may be taken as a standalone, intensive three week course in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. For those interested in additionally studying Russian, Russian language study may be added to the program to extend your time in St. Petersburg to 10 weeks. The entirety of the Art and Science of Museums curriculum is still delivered in the three-week period indicated. 

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Dates and Costs

Art and Science of Museums (3 weeks): Cost: $3,995
     June 16 - July 6, 2019   (Apply by April 1, 2019)

Art and Science of Museums
+ Russian Language Study (10 weeks):
Cost: $8,290
     May 27 - Aug 2, 2019  (Apply by: March 15, 2019)

 

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SRAS offers a $500 Access Grant for the The Art and Science of Museums. Grant participants will be expected to contribute weekly (a total of 4) write-ups of St. Petersburg museums, artists, and/or exhibitions for our MuseumStudiesAbroad.org project and a 2-3 page end-of-program summation essay describing what the scholarship participant learned on this program and how they plan to use this knowledge and experience in the future. The grant is awarded after all conditions are met.

To apply, just write one paragraph about why you want to study art and museums in Russia. Submit this paragraph plus two writing samples (e.g. papers written for college-level classes, preferably on Russia- or art-related subjects) and upload these to the "Application Materials" section of your online application for The Art and Science of Museums.


 

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The Art and Science of Museums
This comprehensive venue-based immersive course consists of twelve days of lectures and museum visits and one week of self-directed investigation and writing a research paper (6 to 8 pages). Throughout the journey students are required to maintain a detailed journal of visits to facilitate organization of the vast material covered. Your final paper should focus on some aspect of museum practice introduced in the course and should be informed by your experiences in situ. The topic needs to be approved by the instructor. You are encouraged to actively engage outside sources to situate your experiences within a larger picture of the field. Be ready to present your research in a ten-minute PowerPoint presentation at a student conference at the Hermitage Youth Center on the last day of the course.
Academic Hours: 45

(for those on the 10-week program) RS-100/200/300/400 Russian Language Study  
Small, intensive classes focuses on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics. Note that for students on the 10-week course, the Museum course will be taken in lieu of Russian language during the 5th and 6th weeks of the program. Students will then return to language courses for weeks 7-10. Thus, students will return to studying Russian during the week they are researching and writing their final paper. Additional cultural events are also offered with our fuller St. Petersburg Cultural Program.
Academic Hours: Russian Language: 160 / Cultural Program: N/A

Optional Moscow Trip: Estimated Cost: $350
This three-day tour of the Russian capital includes walking tours of the city and other culture-oriented events. Roundtrip rail tickets and hostel stay are included. The trip usually takes place after the three-week The Art and Science of Museums curriculum has ended, meaning that you will have additional time in Russia.

 

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*Costs: Includes tuition as outlined, dormitory accommodation, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, round-trip airport transfers, SRAS in-country support, and use of a cell phone for the duration of the program. Does not include airfare, meals or personal expenses.

*Housing: Participants arriving on a student visa are required to stay in dormitory housing on the campus of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON). This is very centrally located and convenient to many of the sites to be visited. Those arriving on other visa types may opt for apartment, hostel, hotel, or home stay at additional cost.

*Prerequisites: Participants 18 years of age and above and at all levels are encouraged to apply. No prior knowledge of Russian required.

*Language: All sessions are in English; some discussions may be facilitated by an interpreter.

*Program Hosting: This program is overseen by SRAS Partner Elena Varshavskaya, Ph.D, who has over two decades of research and teaching experience in the fields of Russian, Central Asian, and Far Eastern Art. All art classes (studio and history) are taught or overseen by Elena Varshavskaya and/or instructors from the Hermitage Educational Center, which is part of the Hermitage Museum.

**Credit Transfer and Transcripts: Students requiring documentation of their program participation will be supplied transcripts from the Hermitage Educational Center and/or St. Petersburg State University of Economics

*Family Members: Participants wishing to bring family members or others on this program are welcome to do so. For those family members not participating in the program, SRAS can help arrange tourist visas, shared housing, and participation in certain excursions including travel to Moscow. For those family members wishing to participate in the course, SRAS offers discounts for multiple participants signing up together. Contact us for details.



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