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Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Readings will be advised.

Course Description

Using a global perspective, this course will introduce students to museums and their transformation from places to keep, educate and create enjoyment to becoming cultural leaders in innovation. The two teachers will outline the concept of innovation as a series of processes, ideas and technologies rendered possible by the fast-evolving technological, economic, professional and global environment. The course will use several formats spanning across weekly 12 sessions. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge on creative ecosystems, legal frameworks and global best practices. They will be able to interact with renowned international professionals through class meetings, video conferences, workshops and outside sessions. The class will combine group and individual work and will lead to each student creating their own innovative project/prototype for a museum. The course is very useful for aspiring professionals willing to understand the changing culture and skills required to thrive in museums and cultural entrepreneurship altogether.


  • GOULET, Andrea (Consultante en innovation et stratégie de contenus)
  • SOLERY, Claire (Directrice, formatrice)

Pedagogical format

Course encouraging students to develop their own innovative ideas for museums, relying on case studies and major trends from the museum field.

Course validation

- End of term paper: ‘Imagine an innovative project for a museum' (5-7 pp, including project benchmark, target audience, project description, timeline, and oral pitch) (60%) - Written synthesis of one topic or case study (2pp) to be handed out during the corresponding session (20%) - Press review on current topics and news, 10 min oral presentation (20%)


Students are expected to read a short list of current news on innovation and museums which will be provided from one week to another and look over guest speakers' profiles in detail.

Required reading

  • The Participatory Museum, Nina Simon ( warmly advised)
  • NMC Horizon Report, Museum Edition
  • Cultivating a Culture of Thinking in Museums, Ron Ritchhart