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Our admissions process is now closed for the 2016 academic year.  We will reopen admissions for the 2017 academic year in October 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 January - May 2016. 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.

Fees: 5 day course QR 1,500

Download the spring 2016 brochure.

Library Workshop: Information Literacy Education

Lecturer: Nicole Johnston, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 day course

When: 10 – 14 January 2016, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course will allow school librarians to gain an understanding of the key theories and concepts surrounding information literacy and teaching and learning and learn the practical skills and knowledge needed to teach and promote information literacy in a school library context. This course will outline a range of information sources and information retrieval/ research techniques in order help school librarians answer reference and research queries.

· 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.

Museum, City and Society: A New Paradigm in Museums’ Evolution

Lecturer: Professor Ali. A. Alraouf, Qatar University

Duration: 5 day course

When: 31 January – 4 February 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: Arabic

Fee: QR 1,500

لم تعد مباني المتاحف في القرن الواحد والعشرين، مجرد تصنيف من تصنيفات المباني الثقافية، ولكنها أصبحت مؤسسات ثقافية تعليمية ترفيهية تتفاعل مع المدينة والمجتمع. كما أنها أصبحت أداة رئيسية في تسويق المدن المعرفية والإبداعية. ومن هذا المنطلق تشتمل الدورة على ما يلي:

· خلفية تاريخية عن نشأة المتاحف.

· لماذا نبني متاحف؟

· تطور تصميم وبناء المتاحف في القرن العشرين

· دور المتحف في المدينة.

· من متاحف الصفوة إلى متاحف المجتمع.

· الدور الاقتصادي للمتاحف: الاستثمار في الثقافة.

· دور المتاحف في السياحة الثقافية.

· المتاحف في الخليج.

· حالة المتاحف في قطر: نحو حقبة المدن المعرفية والإبداعية

· المتحف كمؤسسة تعليمية.

· تحليل مجموعة من حالات دراسة وأمثلة متميزة.

Museums in the 21st century are no longer just buildings belong to the cultural categories. Museums became cultural, social, educational and entertainment institutions blending with the city and the community. It has become a major tool in the marketing of knowledge and creative cities. From this understanding, the course will cover the following:

· Museums: Historical Background.

· Museums; Approaches, Design Concepts and Strategies.

· The Changing Role of Museums in the 21st Century.

· The Relation between City and Museums.

· The changing Role of Museums in Community Development.

· The Economic Value of Museums: Investing in Culture.

· Museums and Cultural Tourism.

· Phenomenon of Museums in the Gulf: Understanding and Evaluation.

· Museums’ Role in Knowledge and Creative Cities.

· Analysis of Case Studies and Best Practice Examples

Introduction to Museums

Instructor: Argyris Karapitsanis, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 Days


14 – 18 February 2016 (English), 9.00am – 2.30pm

13 – 17 March 2016 (Arabic), 9.00am – 2.30pm

Max Participants: 20

Fee: QR 1,500

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:

· Role

· Basic characteristics

· Principals under which departments operate

· Professions and their distribution

· Operations

· Connections, 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 museum 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 and discover their own individual areas of interest in everything that a museum has to offer.

Ancient glass – History, material science and conservation

Lecturer: Professor Thilo Rehren, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 day course

When: 21 – 25 February 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 8

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course will provide an introduction to glass as a material in its archaeological and historical setting, highlighting its particular properties and the development of glassmaking and working through time. The relationship between glass and other archaeological materials such as ceramics and metal will be briefly explored, before looking into more detail at the dominant Roman, Byzantine and Islamic use of glass across the Old World.

An overview is also provided regarding medieval European, Indian and Chinese glass, and the role of beads in Africa and North America. One day will be devoted to the conservation of glass. The course is aimed at participants with an interest in the material glass, but does not require in depth chemical or scientific knowledge. 

Preventive Conservation Applied to Photographs: Storage and Exhibition

Lecturer: Yasmine Chemali, Sursock Museum Beirut

Duration: 5 days

When: 28 February – 3 March 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This short course aims to introduce participants to the principles of preventive conservation for photographic collections through theoretical, methodological and practical approaches.

The contents will include storage and exhibition areas. Special attention will be dedicated to photographic materials and archives and their preservation in the Middle-East. Images are part of our heritage and history and they can disappear very easily.

Storage solutions, environmental control, risk assessment and emergency planning for photographic collections will be a large part of this course.

The course is aimed at students in museums studies or professionals such as museum curators, conservators and librarians. The course will give participants an opportunity to share experience of storage solutions and to discuss the current issues with preserving photographic and archives materials.

Introduction to Programme and Exhibition Evaluation

Lecturer: Jo Hargreaves, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre

Duration: 5 Days

When: 6 – 10 March 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 20

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course will introduce participants to the principles and practice of programme evaluation. It is aimed at those who are looking to evaluate individual exhibitions, activities and projects or who wish to design an evaluation framework for their whole organisation.

The course combines an introduction to vision-led, outcome-focused strategic planning and the development of robust monitoring frameworks through which the success of these plans can be evaluated. By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Know how to develop a strategic plan for their project or organisation encompassing vision, aims, objectives, strategies, outputs and outcomes
  • Understand the principles of vision-led programme evaluation
  • Understand the logic-model approach to evaluation
  • Understand the theory-of-change approach to programme planning and evaluation and how to apply this
  • Know how to develop output and outcome indicators
  • Understand how to turn output and outcome indicators into research measures so that data can be gathered in secondary and primary research using both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Understand a range of processes for evaluating programmes using the evidence gathered.

The course combines lectures, exemplar international evaluation case studies and practical work through the development of an evaluation framework for a real or example project.

Exhibition Design and Delivery

Lecturer: Ned Phillips, KCA London

Duration: 5 Days

When: 13 March – 17 March 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 15

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This 5 day short course will cover the following areas of the design and delivery of an exhibition.

• The range of exhibition and Museum design projects.

• Defining the Project; Scope and Vision

• Types of Experience

• Creating a Brief

• The Design Process

• The Role of Evaluation and Audience Testing

• The Stages of an Exhibition Design Project

• An overview of Exhibition Techniques

• Procurement, fabrication and installation

• Working with existing spaces or with building design of new buildings

• Learning from Shared Experience

• Concluding the Project

Collaborative and Community Collecting

Lecturer: Jen Kavanagh

Duration: 5 day course

When: 20 - 24 March 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 16

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course explores the various approaches museums and galleries can adopt when conducting collaborative and community collecting projects. The week will include:

• Discussions to explore what collaborative collecting is – what are the opportunities and challenges of opening up collecting practice to external communities and partners?

• We will explore different types of collecting initiatives and consider what the benefits are for everyone involved: for the community partners, for the museum leading the project, and for the visitors who engage with the project outcomes.

• We will discuss how to work sensitively with communities on collecting projects, especially when the content is challenging – what are the ethical considerations you must take into account?

• You will find out about recent collecting initiatives from a number of UK based museums, including the Science Museum, Museum of London and London Transport Museum.

• Best practice techniques in collaborative collecting and oral history recording will be shared, including practical exercises to familiarise yourself with the tools required to deliver such projects.

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 community groups in museums, galleries and heritage institutions who are keen to conduct contemporary collecting.

Inspiring Libraries

Lecturer: Bridget McKenzie, Flow Associates Ltd

Duration: 5 Day Course

When: 3 – 7 April 2016, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 20

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course is aimed at staff in libraries or archives (or in museums of literature or documentary culture). It will give them strategies and practical ideas to make libraries inspiring, especially for new or hard-to-reach audiences such as young people. It will use a wealth of case studies from UK and worldwide, to cover the following areas:

Strategic service design:

· Designing services and programs to meet needs of different audiences

· Using evaluation to improve services

Experience design:

· Creating inspiring spaces for visitors to play, learn, explore and work

· Using digital tools to inspire and reach new audiences

· Using creative activities such as visual art, storytelling and music to inspire literacy and discovery

The final day will put learning to the test by working in groups to design an experience that will inspire a particular target audience.

Publication of Academic Papers

Lecturer: Autumn Watts, Ipek University

Duration: 5 day course

When: 10 – 14 April 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 12

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course will guide participants through the process of writing, editing, and publishing an academic article. Topics covered will include developing ideas, organizing content, improving language, refining and polishing drafts, choosing and submitting to journals, writing a cover letter, the peer review process, and responding to reviewer comments. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain feedback on a work in progress or get started on a new article. This course is open to participants from any field and level of writing or publishing experience.

Object Photography

Lecturer: Jason Quinlan, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 day course

When: 17 – 21 April 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 10

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This course introduces the essential elements for taking sharp, well lit, and aesthetically composed photographs of objects with a minimal amount of equipment. Through mastering exposure settings to control focusing depth of field and practicing natural and flash lighting techniques, you will learn to record clear, well balanced images to document and display objects.

Jason is a highly experienced photographer experienced in working with museums and archaeologists, his work can be seen at: www.jasonquinlan.com

Introduction to Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Lecturer: Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 day course

When: 24 – 28 April 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 8

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

The need for non-invasive testing of cultural heritage materials is reflected in the rapidly growing significance of portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (pXRF). The technique allows for quick, non-destructive elemental chemical analyses of the surfaces of inorganic objects. This short course introduces this technique with a combination of theoretical and practical training. Specifically the course will address:

· Principles of elemental chemical analysis; terminology; advantages and disadvantages of different techniques; sampling requirements

· Introduction to X-ray fluorescence analysis

· Demonstrations and hands-on practicals on pXRF analysis

· Qualitative interpretation of XRF spectra

· Quality assessment of XRF data

Community Engagement Practice

Lecturer: John Bull, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 day course

When: 1 – 5 May 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 25

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

A series of lively case studies will introduce participants to both the best-practice and practical realities of community engagement activities for museums. Successful, and not-so-successful projects will be highlighted to allow the group to develop their own understanding of how to best work with local communities.

The course will help participants to answer the following questions:

· What is community engagement?

· Why is community engagement important?

· How do I identify local communities?

· How do I build trust and deliver successful initiatives?

· What is community participation? And how can I support it in my museum?

· What are the practical challenges of organizing community outreach? How do I plan for success?

Museum Architecture and Cultural Space

Lecturer: Alexia Filippou & Argyris Karapitsanis, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 day course

When: 15 – 19 May 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 25

Language: English

Fee: QR 1,500

This short course focuses on how museum architecture in the last decades has risen to be a key element of enhancing the image of a city, while simultaneously generating economic growth and projecting the city in the global map. The notion of architectural singularities is being analyzed as to how museums can act as catalysts for cultural transformation, illuminating a city’s skyline.

In this course, the museum is targeted not merely as a building, which contains objects and cultural artefacts, but as destination offering a unique experience to the visitors and as a successfully branded product meant to be consumed. Different ways in which a museum’s identity is being formed, connecting it or making it stand out from its environment will be addressed in the course, with examples from around the world, and special emphasis given in the GCC region.    

Exploring the Visitor Experience and Live Interpretation

Lecturer: Nigel Sutton

Duration: 5 day course

When: 10 – 14 April 2016, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Number of Participants: 20

Language: English with Arabic Interpretation

Day 1 & 2:  In these sessions we will discuss and explore the following; How does a visitor perceive your museum? When does their experience start and end? What narratives do they engage in? What are your expectations and what are your visitor’s expectations?  What is the role of Visitor Services? How to inspire your visitors and your tour guide.

Day 3, 4 & 5:

Live Interpretation - developing visitor experiences that engage and inspire: Over the three days we will explore and gain practical skills in the following topics: Developing skills to interpret museum objects. The development of strong and compelling museum narratives. Developing effective highlight tours and exhibition specific tours. Communication styles and techniques used for tours. Communicating difficult and sensitive content. Techniques and tools for  engaging with multiple age groups and languages.

This 5-day course is designed to develop practical and usable skills. Participants will explore and practice visitor engagement techniques, gain a clear understanding of the role of Visitor Services, improve visitor experience outcomes, plan and develop Visitor Service Standards.