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Our admissions process is currently closed. We will begin accepting applications for entry in August 2016 in late 2015, through to May 2016. For enquiries about UCL Qatar degree programmes, please contact admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk.

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Short Courses

UCL Qatar offers short courses aimed at professionals working in the field of cultural heritage, who are looking to expand their knowledge, learn about new developments in their field, or understand other disciplines in their chosen field. Lecturers for the courses come from a wide range of international institutions around the world, including UCL.

Below is a list of Short Courses scheduled to be delivered by UCL Qatar during the period September - December 2015. Please continue to check the website regularly for updates as new programmes become available.

To request an application form for any of the courses below, or for further information, please contact the Short Courses Team.

UCL Qatar Short Courses Programme Autumn 2015

Cultural Tourism: Introduction and Contemporary Concepts

Lecturer: Professor Ali. A. Alraouf, Qatar University

Duration: 5 day course

When: 6 – 10 September 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: Arabic with English translation

1. Introduction: The relationship between culture and tourism 2. Cultural tourism: Definitions and concepts 3. The scope and significance of cultural tourism

4. The social context of cultural tourism

5. The economic context of cultural tourism

6. The Qatari context of cultural tourism: Challenges and potentials

7. The role of architectural and urban heritage

8. Raising awareness of cultural tourism

9. Analysis of case studies and best practice examples.

Art Therapy with Learning Difficulties

Lecturer: Dalal Al Sindi, The Art Therapy Centre

Duration: 5 Days

When: 29 November 2015 – 03 December 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: English

This short course will focus on Art Therapy and how it is used with different clients in with learning difficulties. It will explain the different learning difficulty spectrums and its symptoms and how art therapy can be used to tackle certain problems (cognitive and emotional) for each client group.

This course will be focusing on theory, worksheets and workshops to enhance the understanding of what learning difficulties are and how can art help, what ideas are there to inform the practice of art therapy with these clients?

Access Best Practice in Museums: from the periphery to the core

Lecturer: Jane Samuels, The British Museum

Duration: 5 Days

When: 4 – 8th October 2015

Number of Participants: 25

Language: English

The course aims to enhance participants understanding of the importance of disabled access within the Museum sector and examine how disability access is the responsibility of all departments and teams.

Sessions will examine the inseparable partnership between access best practice and the rest of the Museum.

Areas covered will include:

UK disability law; current thinking re language; the medical and social model explained; why Access for disabled people is important; strategic thinking and the Museum; access best practice across the Museum; inclusive exhibition and gallery design; the role of HR in access best practice; the importance of disability awareness training; Visitor Services and good customer care in achieving access; access and the public programmes; working with children, families and schools and the growth of digital technology and Access best practice.

The course is for all Museum professionals and students and those interested in working in the cultural sector.

Introduction to the Conservation and Management of Built Heritage

Lecturer: Dr Zaki Aslan, ICCROM ATHAR

Duration: 5 day course

When: 4 – 8 October 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 25

Language: Arabic

The course addresses the ‘why’, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of historic building and site conservation and management. It is composed of five modules addressing the research and evaluation of historic buildings and devising statement of significance, documentation of historic buildings and sites, conservation of historic materials, and management process of the historic environment.

An Introduction to Curating

Lecturer: David Bownes

Duration: 5 day course

When: 11 – 15 October 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 20

Language: English

An interactive introduction to modern curatorship. Participants will gain an introductory overview into the principal areas of museum curation, including: acquisition, documentation, conservation, audience engagement, text writing, research & publication and working with specialist audiences (eg universities and community groups). The course will also examine the ethical issues of curation, including international legislation governing acquisition and disposal, as well as the codes of behaviour expected from museum professionals.

Each session will include a presentation from the course convener, David Bownes, followed by hands-on practical workshops and discussion.

The course is aimed at those looking to embark on a career in curating or at an early stage in their professional development.

Developing and Extending Reading: Creating Literate Students

Lecturer: Julie Fowlkes

Duration: 5 day course

When: 11 – 15 October 2015, 3.00pm – 5.00pm (13 October 2.00pm – 5.00pm)

Number of Participants: 25

Language: English

How do children learn to read and how can we help them learn to love reading? How do we build literate environments in classrooms and libraries?

This course will teach participants how to develop successful read aloud techniques and strategies for selecting the best books. They will also learn ways to strengthen beginning reading skills, understand common reading problems and motivate reluctant readers. The instructor will provide research based strategies with a focus on practical and innovative activities. The workshop format will offer opportunities for interactive, small group and experiential learning.

  • This course is reserved for teachers and librarians from Qatar Foundation Schools. Please contact us if you would be interested in similar courses in the future.

An Introduction to Preventive Conservation for Museum Collections and Preparation of Risk Plans

Lecturer: Rohit Jigyasu & Theocharis Katrakazis & Stephanie Black

Duration: 5 days

When: 18 – 22 October 2015, 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Number of Participants: 20

Language: English

Location: ICCROM ATHAR Centre, University Road, University City, Sharjah, UAE

This short course aims to introduce participants to implement principles of preventive conservation in museum practices with theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of organised and systematic approaches. The contents will cover the process of preventive conservation for collections both in storage and exhibition areas. Special attention will be focus on emergency situations in museums.

The course is aimed at museum curators, conservators, administrators or security staff.

  • Please note that this course takes place in Sharjah, UAE

Object Based Learning for Museum Educators

Lecturer: Dr Thomas Kador, University College London

Duration: 5 day course

When: 18 – 22 October 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 25

Language: English

UCL’s Teaching Fellow in Public and Cultural Engagement, Dr Thomas Kador, will offer a one-week long training course in object-based learning in a gallery and museum context.

The course will focus on how museum educators and curators may use the objects in their collections for creating hands-on learning opportunities. It will draw on the knowledge and experience of working with artefacts that museums professionals already possess and consider the learning opportunities that exist in their places of work. The course will then consider the pedagogical benefits of object-based learning but also discuss ethical considerations of balancing protecting the objects in our care with making them more accessible to the public.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the unique cultural and educational value of their collections and to develop their abilities for sharing these values with a broad range of audiences. The sessions will comprise a combination of theory based discussions, practical group work and object handling workshops as well as museum visits.

The course will aim to respond to the particular dynamics of museums in the Qatar context and marry theory with practice to provide a holistic grounding in how to use museum objects effectively and creatively in learning.

Art Therapy and the Image: Symbolism and its Uses with Children and Adults with Disabilities

Lecturer: Dalal Al Sindi, The Art Therapy Centre

Duration: 5 Days

When: 25 – 29 October 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: English

This short course will be explaining Art Therapy, its uses, benefits and theories further. Focusing on the symbolism derived from artwork and its uses with children and adults with disabilities both emotional and mental (e.g. Down-syndrome, Anxiety disorders, OCD and ADHD, Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress).

The goal of this course is to enable students to have a better outlook and awareness in the tasks given to the client group and what questions are there to be answered, what is said in the art work and how it can be taken further therapeutically.

Intermediate Museum Education

Instructor: Argyris Karapitsanis, UCL-QATAR

Duration: 5 Days

When: 22 – 26 November 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Max Participants: 20

Language: English

The Intermediate Museum Education course, following the models and theories of museum education discussed in the Introduction to Museum Education short course, will introduce the participants to the techniques and contemporary practises of planning museum education programs.

Using an actual museum’s collection in one of Doha’s museums as a reference, the participants will thoroughly discuss and examine the most important aspects of museum education planning, such as:

  • Studying the collection
  • Selecting target audiences
  • Identifying specific artworks
  • Planning steps of the museum education program
  • Techniques/activities for museum education programs
  • Documentation/material planning to accompany the museum education program
  • Evaluation methods

Learning outcomes:

  • Become acquainted will all aspects of museum education program planning
  • Demonstrate an ability to create connections between museum objects and their biographies with specific target audiences
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main steps used in the implementation of a complete museum education program
  • Demonstrating an understanding in investigating and finding ways of using the museum space and the collection so as to better utilise the museum’s educational role

Conservation of Archaeological Artefacts

Lecturer: Dr Fatma Marii, ICCROM, ATHAR

Duration: 5 day course

When: 1 – 5 November 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 10 - 12

Language: Arabic

The course is intended for those who are working in the museum, archaeological and related fields. Participants will develop basic techniques for the preservation of archaeological museum artefacts.

Conservation and preservation techniques for both organic and non-organic materials will be addressed. This will include non-organic materials such as silicates (stone, pottery, and glass) and metals (iron, copper and its alloys, lead, silver and gold). Organic artefacts made of wood, textile, basketry, papers, leather and parchment will also be covered.

Working with Young People

Lecturer: Susanne Buck

Duration: 5 Day Course

When: 8 – 12 November 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 8 – 16

Language: English

This course explores the ways in which we can engage better with young people, both through working with them directly face to face, and through designing better spaces and experiences for them to take part in. The week will include:

  • Exploring the history of the teenager from the 1940s to the present day, and discussing the different needs, motivations and values of today’s youth compared to those of an adult or child.
  • We will look at some of the emerging audience participation techniques being used in art and heritage, and how these can be adapted to engage specifically with young people.
  • You will find out about recent projects run with and for young people to find tips and tools that you can use in your own practice, including projects with vulnerable young people.
  • You will form your own ideas for involving young people in your work, how you might consult with them, test your ideas, and even the value of engaging them as apprentices and interns.

The week will be very hands on, with group work and individual assignments for participants to test their new knowledge and ideas. Ideal for anyone working with or designing for young people in museums, education, art, heritage, community engagement

By understanding more about the motivations, likes and dislikes of a young audience participants will feel more confident working with young people, which will in turn help young audiences to engage better with you and your work.

Introduction to museums

Instructor: Argyris Karapitsanis, UCL-QATAR

Duration: 5 Days

When: October 25 – 29 2015 (Language: English), 8 – 12 November (Language: Arabic) & 6 – 10 December 2015 (Language: Arabic)

Max Participants: 20

This five day course will begin with an introduction to the world of museums as cultural institutions, so that the participants can understand the evolution of museums through time. The week will move towards an investigation and examination of museum departments, analysing things such as:

  1. Role
  2. Basic characteristics
  3. Principals under which its department operates
  4. Professions and their distribution
  5. Operations
  6. Connection, cooperation and interaction within its core and with other departments.

This course will take the form of lectures with a significant emphasis on practical activities as well as relevant site visits. This will give the participants the opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge alongside hands-on activities and visit places where theory is being implemented.

This course is designed for people with a basic understanding of museums settings. Its main purpose will be to introduce participants to the vibrant and intriguing world of museums. In doing so, participants will be able to start to discover their own individual areas of interest in everything that a museum has to offer.

Learning and Engagement in the Museum, Theory and Practice

Lecturer: Anthony Richards

Duration: 5 day course

When: 15 – 19 November 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 12

Language: English

100 million people visited UK museums last year.  8 out of the top 10 UK visitor attractions are museums — the sector is booming and the focus on informal learning and museums as destinations has never been more pronounced.  How do you bring museums to life?  How do people learn effectively in galleries and using hands on exhibits?  Where do museums fit in our educational landscape and how can practitioners learn best from evidence, theory and practice to engage more people in the future.

The course is aimed at professionals wishing to broaden their understanding of museum techniques and get a deeper understanding of current practice from case histories.

Workshop on the new Bibliographic Description Rules: Resource Description and Access (RDA)

Lecturer: Rania Osman

Duration: 5 Day Course

When: 15 – 19 November 2015, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Number of Participants: 20

Language: English

Recently, cataloguing and bibliographic descriptions have gone through many developments as a result of the dynamics of change in the media and information entities. The most recent update to the cataloguing community is Resource Description and Access (RDA).

A new tool for the library community offers new scope in the cataloguing field in order to move from the physical environment to the networked one.

This work shop aims at presenting the new rules for RDA, the session aims to train the attendees to understand the philosophy of building the new rules and the new updates and what distinguishes it from the old rules (AACR2). Also, there will be a practical part that would enable the attendees to apply the new tool on Arabic and English resources.

Experience required for attending the course: Knowledge of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2).

Creative Leadership for the Cultural Sector

Lecturer: Ruth Churchill Dower

Duration: 5 day course

When: 29 November – 3 December 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 25

Language: English

Creativity provides opportunities to be innovative, to think more deeply, to solve problems by looking at them from a different perspective, to express unique ideas and reach new insights. Who wouldn’t want this in their leadership? And yet, where do we start if we haven’t yet experienced our own creative leadership potential?

This five day course is designed for cultural leaders at middle and senior management levels seeking to become aspirational in their practice. By exploring the characteristics of creative and critical thinkers, understanding how creativity impacts on our emotional and cultural intelligences as well as our communications, transforming spaces for cultural learning and developing innovative leadership strategies, we will build a powerful toolkit to extend our leadership skills and significantly improve engagement with our staff, governance and visitors.

Whatever position we hold, whatever our job title, we all have a responsibility to lead with authenticity, passion and purpose. This course will help expand your horizons by giving you the time and space to focus on increasing self-awareness, active learning, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and self-actualisation.

The results will make an intelligent difference in strategic planning, sensitive conflict resolution, effective communications, motivating leadership, higher order thinking, cognitive skills and securing positive working cultures. In short, this inspiring and adventurous training will help middle and senior leaders build excellent practice in the workplace. As well as being challenging, this course is also a lot of fun.

Day 1: Creative Leadership Coaching - Unlocking insight, resilience and resourcefulness.

Day 2: Emotional Intelligence - Mastery of courage, empathy, integrity and self-awareness.

Day 3: Planning with a Purpose - Strengthening your exploratory drive and investigative nature.

Day 4: Creative Visioning - Visualising and articulating your cultural plan, finding your leadership voice.

Day 5: Building a Culture of Creativity – Finding the keys to open, collaborative and critical thinking, communicating with authenticity.

Museum Exhibition and Design

Lecturer: Dr Geoffrey Matthews

Duration: 5 day course

When: 6 - 10 December 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 16

Language: English

The course will introduce participants to the creative and collaborative process of making exhibitions in museums and on heritage sites. It is aimed at early and mid-career museum professionals with some prior experience of collection display.

The focus is on people: how they organize and work together.

Lectures and case studies will explore:

  • design and designing
  • display and exhibition
  • how designers think and work
  • international professional context
  • exhibition ideas and design concepts
  • museum design issues
  • types of exhibition design project
  • developing an exhibition brief
  • stages of an exhibition design project
  • interpretation and use of media

The course will give participants an opportunity to discuss current issues and share experiences. Participants should take away clear ideas about how to commission exhibition design and what to expect from the process of working with an exhibition designer.