Do I need to be admitted to the university to enroll in the program?
No. This is a professional development program and admittance to the university is not required.
Is the course offered completely online?
Modules 1-5 are offered completely online. The last module, the Fieldwork module, is a hands-on course where you will be assigned to a specific institution. During this phase of the program you will be required to log in once a week to discuss your fieldwork progress.
How long is the program?
The program takes about nine months to complete, depending upon the number of hours logged per week during the Fieldwork module.
Can I take the modules in any order?
The modules need to be taken in order, as each course curriculum builds on the next.
How many modules are in the program?
There are six modules. The first five are fully online and the last module is the Fieldwork course, a hands-on course where you will be assigned to a specific institution.
How do I earn the Collections Management in Costume and Textiles Professional Designation?
To earn the designation you must:
- Successfully complete the first five modules.
- Successfully complete the Fieldwork course (120 hours within the 16-week timeframe).
What if I’m interested in taking only one module?
The first module, Introduction to Collections Management, can be taken any time it is offered. The other modules must be taken in order. You will not receive the Designation without taking all six modules.
What if I complete Module 1 and then can’t continue? Can I take the other modules later or do I have to start over?
The modules must be taken in order, but can be taken in different semesters. We recommend completing the program in two years.
What kinds of weekly assignments are there?
- Discussion Questions – Generally, you will be asked to respond to one or more discussion questions. The questions require you to apply what you have learned.
- Weekly Assignments – Generally, there will be assignments each week in modules 1-5. These can include hands-on tasks (with materials provided to you), short papers, participation in online discussions, and/or visits to a museum or other institution.
- Weekly Reading – Most weeks will include a reading assignment in modules 1-5.
What is fieldwork?
During the Fieldwork module, each student is placed with an organization, institution, or studio to complete 120 hours of supervised activity during the 16-week timeframe. Fieldwork placements are based on several factors including, but not limited to:
- the fit of the institution with the career goals of the student;
- the availability of meaningful work/projects within an institution to provide the student with experiences for them to utilize their training;
- and the availability of appropriate supervision of each student.
Can I do the fieldwork at any point in the program?
The first five modules must be completed before one can enroll in the Fieldwork module.
Do I get a letter grade for this program?
There is no letter grade for any of the modules. You will earn the Collections Management for Costume and Textiles Professional Designation upon successful completion of all modules, including the Fieldwork module. You will receive a certificate of completion that will serve as a permanent record of your accomplishment.
Do I need to purchase any textbooks?
Yes. Modules 1-5 of the program use three books that also serve as resource material during and after the Fieldwork module. Please contact the program staff for more information.
Will I have an instructor?
Each module has an instructor who is an expert in that particular topic. During the Fieldwork module there will be two instructors working with you on your fieldwork assignment and participating in discussions.
Will I be able to work at my own pace?
To a certain degree. Topics will be released one at a time at the beginning of each week. Therefore, you may not work ahead in the module. In addition, you will be expected to complete tasks by a certain day each week.
You will be able to work at your own pace in the sense that you can choose when during the day or week it is most convenient for you to work on the module.
Will I be the only student working with the instructor?
No. There will be other students in the module, dependent upon enrollment. You will be expected to interact with your classmates and the instructor each week.
How much time can I expect to spend on my module each week?
Plan on spending approximately 5-10 hours per week for reading (online and off-line), engaging in assigned tasks and/or writing, and participating in class discussion. Actual time will vary from person to person due to each person’s amount of previous background experience in a topic and reading speed.
How often will I be expected to log in and participate?
The instructor in each module will provide information on how often you will need to log in each week.
The online week has seven days:
- Day 1 Sunday
- Day 2 Monday
- Day 3 Tuesday
- Day 4 Wednesday
- Day 5 Thursday
- Day 6 Friday
- Day 7 Saturday
What constitutes participation?
Participation is when you are actively involved in discussions, which are posted on the discussion board by the instructor, and contributing in meaningful ways, such as:
- Contributing new and relevant information to the discussions from personal experience
- Building on the remarks of your fellow students
- Posing questions for your fellow students
- Sharing articles, news items, websites, and other supplementary information
What technical support is available to me?
Our Academic Technology Services Center is available for technical support by phone or email Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Included in each module are all directions needed to use the required features of Beachboard, our virtual classroom software.
What are the technical requirements?
Participants will need reliable Internet access and a PC computer with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser, or a Macintosh computer with the latest version of Internet Explorer to access your class.
In addition, you will need Broadband Internet connection (DSL or faster) and a soundcard (for videos included in some of the modules).
You will also need to have the latest Flash Player to access the animations and some graphics. Both of these items are available as free downloads from the Microsoft, Mozilla, and Adobe web sites.
Our Technology Enhanced Learning Center will be able to assist you with locating, downloading, and installing the browser and the player. For more detailed information specific to these online course technical requirements, call the CPIE Help Desk at (562) 985-2900.