Concordia University


Course Code: CEPD 950
Let's face it, some people are intimidated by museums and galleries. They don't know how to approach a work of art, how to interpret it. They might even be afraid to say something that sounds silly, or worse, stupid. Thankfully, there are people in the museum to help them develop their ability to better understand and appreciate art. And you might be one of them. But first, you'll need to complete this course. All of the guides at the MMFA have and we're confident you will, too. This course will challenge your vision of the traditional role of a guide in an art museum and give you the tools to offer visitors meaningful learning experiences. If you want to help bring art to life, this course is a masterpiece.

Your take-away

This course is a great way to help you:
• Understand the contexts in which the work of an MMFA guide occurs;
• Reflect critically on the role and practice of a guide;
• Identify multiple ways for interpreting works of art;
• Research artists and objects in the MMFA collection using in-house and online resources;
• Create a scenario as the basis for encounters with groups of visitors;
• Facilitate group art interpretation that encourages observation, reflection, meaning-making, and dialogue;
• Contribute to ongoing collective learning amongst fellow guide recruits through mutual support, shared responsibility and active participation.

Our approach

This is a blend of theory and active learning through demonstrations, ongoing feedback, workshops, guest speakers, both in the classroom and in the galleries. Active, enthusiastic participation is one of the keys to success in this course.

Who benefits the most?

• Anyone who wants to help bring art to life in the MMFA.
• Anyone who wants to become a volunteer guide at the MMFA.

Important details

Admission requires successful completion of the MMFA selection process and fluency in French and English.
You can access the MMFA Course Flyer here

Prospective students are invited to consult the MMFA for information:
Linda Goossens , Educational Programmes Officer – Volunteer Guides or 514-285-1600, ext. 238

Alumni discount

Concordia University Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni, based on the information maintained by the Office of the Registrar, are waived from paying registration and late registration fees when enrolling for courses at Concordia Continuing Education. In addition, Concordia University Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni will receive a 10% reduction on their tuition fees. The Alumni discount is automatically calculated when students enroll on-line.

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