University of Toronto partners with hsd


hsd is proud to announce a new partnership with one of Canada’s premier programs for museum studies, the University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies program, housed in the university’s renowned Faculty of Information.

The partnership will produce an experimental pilot program built around a portfolio development workshop geared towards emerging museum and cultural leaders currently completing the graduate program.

Twenty students from the 2019-2020 academic year will have the opportunity to attend a session led by hsd staff, focused on exploring the emerging use of cultural management portfolios within our industry, while teaching the skills needed for students to begin work on their own professional portfolios. After the workshop, the program participants will be paired with hsd staff for a one-to-one constructive critique of their work. The end goal of the pilot is to arm students entering the professional world with a polished and innovative resource representing their professional, academic, creative and volunteer achievements.

“More and more we’re seeing an increased value in museum professionals thinking more holistically about representing their work and experiences through a portfolio. It’s certainly an asset we look for when adding to our team,” mentioned Gary Walker-Kerr, Director of our Canadian office.

The pilot will tackle the misconception that portfolios are reserved for design professionals and artists, aiming to teach the innovative methods interpretive planners, content developers, as well as design and collection managers, may use to represent their work. The key question that will be explored in both the workshop and one-to-one mentoring sessions is how one may focus on process as opposed to product in a visual portfolio.

“We wanted to find ways to help our students promote their achievements and abilities,” said Museum Studies Director and Associate Professor Cara Krmpotich. “hsd shares our enthusiasm for creativity and understands that compelling stories don’t all take the same shape. We are teaming up to provide mentorship to students, developing their skills to turn ideas and goals into tangible deliverables, starting with the creation of professional portfolios.”

The program was formally announced on July 13th, as part of an annual “Get Started” orientation event run by the Faculty of Information for incoming students. The program will kick off with a class talk in the Fall, followed by the workshop in winter and one-to-one mentorship sessions commencing in January 2020.