IDC4U Interdisciplinary Studies: Museum Studies – Grade 12 (University)
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GRADE: 12 (University)
AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online
THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM: Interdisciplinary Studies
CREDIT CROSSOVER: Although Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4U) courses focus on different subject matter, the IDC4U course code can only count as one credit on a student’s transcript, even if multiple IDC4U courses are taken. For example, a student that has completed IDC4U – Artificial Intelligence and IDC4U – The Elite Athlete will only earn one credit in total on their final transcript. Each IDC4U course (along with the final grade) will show, however, a credit value of zero will be applied to the second IDC4U course. This also applies to students using IDC4U as one of their top six marks when applying to university; one only IDC4U course may be used as an achieved credit out of the six.
IDC4U Museum Studies was developed in Partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario. The course will explore the history and role of museums, the practice of curating, analysis of works of art, careers in the museum industry, and graphic design. Students will explore real online museums, as well as the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario in person. IDC4U Museum Studies online is ideal for students with an interest in art and exploring museums.
UNIT ONEWhat are Museums?
- In this unit, students will be introduced to the main ideas and issues involved in museum studies. Students will consider the question “What are museums?” and be able to answer it by the end of the unit with reference to specific fields of study. Students will start to learn about the principal museum of the course: the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario. Students will start by looking at the history of museums and the role of museums. By the end of the unit, students will understand how museums are interdisciplinary institutions that combine a variety of fields, specifically visual arts, architecture and marketing in order to be successful.
Unit TwoTopics in Museums
- In this unit, students will examine some online museum sites and start using discussion threads to see what other students are doing in the course. Students will learn how to analyze works of art using the Critical Analysis Process and will review APA formatting. Towards the end of the unit, students will be introduced to the practice of curating. Students will learn some graphic design basics and design a poster to advertise an exhibition.
UNIT THREEJobs in Museum Studies
- In this unit, students will explore the diverse roles and careers within a museum. Students will get the chance to examine actual job postings and the education and experience required to get involved. Students will learn more about how museums affect communities and they will get the chance to see some exclusive video interviews with real museums professionals from the Art Gallery of Ontario.
UNIT FOURLooking At Real Exhibits
- In this unit, students will explore some exciting online museums as well as visit a local exhibition at The Art Gallery of Ontario. Students will learn about typography to improve their use of graphic design. Students will learn how to visit a museum and, for the culminating project, will create a video about their visit.
- This project is one of the final evaluations of IDC4U Museum Studies online. This project will give students an opportunity to apply all the learning they have done over the course and is worth 15% of the final grade.
FINAL EXAMProctored Exam
- This exam is the final evaluation of IDC4U Museum Studies online. Students need to arrange their final exam 10 days in advance. All coursework should be completed and submitted before writing the final exam, please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. The exam will be two hours. There are three options for taking the exam:
- WRITE EXAM AT BLYTH ACADEMY CAMPUS: If you live close to a Blyth Academy Campus, or if you attend a Blyth Academy Campus, you can take your exam there. Once inside the exam scheduling interface, please click Login/Create Account. Check for an available time and date at the campus of your choosing. The earliest available date will be open within the next 3-5 business days. You cannot book an exam in more than one campus or multiple times at the same campus. You will receive an automatic confirmation email with next steps and exam information. You can cancel and reschedule anytime using the same link.
- ARRANGE YOUR OWN PROCTOR: If you want to arrange a proctor yourself, you can do that. The proctor will need to be approved by us and will need to supervise the exam at his or her place of work, or at a public place such as a library. Some libraries and study centres offer this service themselves. The proctor must be approved by us and must be a working professional (eg teacher, doctor, businessperson, and must provide a work email address for correspondence (no Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). Please note that the final exam cannot be proctored by a family member or by a tutor for that specific subject. Once inside the exam scheduling interface, please click Login/Create Account. Select Arranging My Own Proctor and proceed to schedule your exam.
- USE EXAMITY PROCTORING SERVICE: For a fee of 22 USD*, students can arrange to take their exam in the comfort of their own home, at any time, on any day. Please select Examity Exam in the exam section of your course to set up your Examity profile and schedule your exam. Exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. *Price is subject to change.
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