Added on 25 May 2021


The DPC is pleased to offer a Career Development Fund grant for the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Curation online course at the University of Salford, starting in September 2021 or January 2022. This grant, detailed below, is open to all DPC members with the application deadline of 17:00 UTC on 26 July 2021.

 

About the PGCert in Digital Curation Course

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Digital Curation course at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, is aimed at archivists and/or art curators who would like to update or expand their knowledge and understanding of digital curation, as well as those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the processes underpinning the practice of digital curation in the context of contemporary art, and the technical elements that inform its concepts, language and techniques.

Combining the University’s academic rigour with the experience of facilitating a professional course for contemporary arts and creative expression in collaboration with cultural organisations, you will have the opportunity to develop new skills, shaping your own methodologies based on knowledge and understanding around best practice and explore critical thinking and new creative collaboration.

The PGCert in Digital Curation course involves 60 credits of postgraduate study through online distance learning, with emphasis on digital preservation and curation in the broad field of contemporary art. You will be guided through the rudimental aspects of digital curation from the perspective of presenting and preserving contemporary art, to curating contemporary artwork in digital environments.

As well as acquiring technical skills, you will learn creative approaches to digital curation, receive an advanced theoretical overview of the subject, and have the opportunity to experiment with the creative possibilities of presenting, documenting, and preserving contemporary art in digital contexts.

Course content is delivered exclusively online over 8 months (part-time), starting either in September 2021 or January 2022, and is comprised of two main modules:

  • Module 1 - Digital Curation and Contemporary Art: Collecting and Archiving (30 credits)
  • Module 2 - Digital Curation and Contemporary Art: Curating in Context (30 credits)

Sessions will include the following indicative content:

  • What is Digital Curation? What is an Art Collection?  What is a Digital Archive?
  • Understanding Metadata & Paradata
  • Practical Ways of Curating Art in Digital Environments (from technology in the gallery to video screenings and presenting art online)
  • Individual and/or small group tutorials on directed independent study
  • Sharing outcomes of practical work practical projects

Full details about the course can be found here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/digital-curation.

 

About the DPC Career Development Fund Grant

This DPC Career Development Fund grant will cover half the course fees for the PGCert in Digital Curation Course, providing funding towards 30 credits of the 60 credit course. Depending on where the recipient of the grant is based, this amount will either be £1,350 (for UK fees) or £2,505 (for EU/International fees). For information about course requirements and fees, visit https://www.salford.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/digital-curation.

 

How to Apply

An application form with guidance and the full Career Development Fund Application Guidelines are available on the DPC website’s Career Development Fund page.

All sections of the application form should be completed and returned to Amy Currie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), accompanied by explicit approval for attendance from a supervisor (via email or attached letter), by 17:00 UTC on Friday, 25th June 2021 Monday, 26th July 2021 (deadline extended).

Please note that only one grant is available per member per call. In other words, DPC members may submit a maximum of one application for one applicant for this advertised call (e.g. one application for a person representing a DPC member organization). There cannot be multiple applicants representing the same DPC member, so please coordinate with colleagues to ensure one application is submitted.

 

Important Dates

  • All sections of the application form should be completed and returned to Amy Currie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), accompanied by explicit approval for attendance from a supervisor, by 17:00 UTC on 25th June 2021 26th July 2021 (deadline extended).
  • Successful applicants will be notified on or before 1st July 2021 11th August (deadline extended).
  • Successful applicants will then be required to complete the necessary University of Salford application forms by 31st August 2021.

 

Further information

  • For questions relating to the grant programme, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • For questions relating to the course, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at https://www.salford.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/digital-curation.
  • For information about joining the Digital Preservation Coalition, visit https://www.dpconline.org/about/join-us.

 

Acknowledgements

The Career Development Fund is sponsored by the DPC’s Supporters who recognize the benefit and seek to support a connected and trained digital preservation workforce.  We gratefully acknowledge their financial support to this programme and ask applicants to acknowledge that support in any communications that result. At the time of writing, the Career Development Fund is supported by Arkivum, Artefactual Systems Inc., AVP, Libnova, Max Communications and Preservica.  A full list of supporters is online here.

 


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