Participation in the Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program 2015/2016 was exceptional in many ways. The program gave me the complete overview of tasks related to collections management based on procedures, recognized sources and good practices for museums. Though I was experienced in heritage protection, I not only improved my professional standards and ethics but I also learned how to focus on relevant issues. Besides, I upgraded my writing and communication skills.
The program was held online, so the forum served as a classroom. Still, there were dynamic discussions on the issues of the week and I learned from very interesting posts on each day of the program. I have not met friends from the group yet, but I hope I will.
What I also admired about the program, is that I could implement what I learned almost instantly – in professional or everyday situations.
The Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program has been one of the greatest study experiences I have ever had. Through it one can gain huge amounts of theoretical and practical knowledge and information. But, far more than this, one can gain the aptitude to think and act in real situations, the logic of academic research, a global view of the situations of the institution in other parts of the world, formal writing style and reflection on professionalism and ethics.
Fionn Zarubica is fabulous! She provides most helpful studying materials, and most insightful comments and guidance, shaping your professional mind firmly but patiently.
It is also a great pleasure to exchange with classmates, getting familiar with each other, and obtaining different points of view and thinking modes.
Certainly participating in the course means putting in lots of effort but it absolutely pays off.
The jobs of textile and a costume curators, conservators or collections managers are much more than just loving fashion and being interested in it. These professionals are also responsible to preserve for the future a large number of very fragile objects, in different conditions that are often far from perfect and favorable. The Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program offered me the possibility to learn lot of important and useful things related to collections care that will help me to use existing resources more efficiently in my future work. I also had a great opportunity to share precious experiences and views with a group of very dedicated people. I sincerely recommend to all my colleagues who work with textile and costume collections to take this course.
This course was a wonderful experience that not only allowed me to expand my knowledge in the field of Costume and Textiles but also to meet great people who shared their experience and knowledge during the course. Fionn is a magnificent instructor, very knowledgeable, patient and fun.
Whoever wants to develop and improve their skills and knowledge in this area, should definitely attend this course.
The Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program is a highly recommended course due to interesting, useful, updated and full content. In spite of being an online course, the instructor’s knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm are a constant so every doubt is resolved and good humor is always present. Daily work is necessary, but the Course is so well organized that it is possible to combine it with job or studies. If you have the opportunity, do not miss out it.
The Collections Management for Costume and Textiles Online was a dynamic program indeed. This was the first time I enrolled in an online learning platform and I can say it was really exciting. The best feature of the program was that it compounded clear lessons, information, reading, writing, research and practical work in costume and textile field. One of the greatest challenges, but also the most exciting thing for me, was to define some terms from this discipline, so it should be informative, professional and reduced to its essence, due to word limit. Museum or gallery research was also challenging and fun, as we should have apply gained knowledge on a concrete task and introduce other colleagues with our conclusions. Working with group of professionals from different countries of the world, hearing their experiences and mutually sharing information about costume and textiles, but also museum and culture practice in general, was a real treat. Constant feedback, both from professor Zarubica and other colleagues, was distinct part of this course. I would recommend this program to any current or future museum worker, conservator or student.
Participating in the Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program 2015-2016, was for me an unforgettable experience that I would recommend to all who are interested in art, its management and conservation. It gave me the opportunity to understand and investigate many aspects of the profession that I did not know, giving me a methodology and a broader view of how to best carry out my work. All this was made even more unique by the teacher Fionn Zarubica who was able to transmit her knowledge and experience to all participants with a lot of generosity and attention to each individual student, as only a good teacher can do. For me it was an opportunity for growth both as a professional and a human, because I had the opportunity to share more than three months my life with a group of wonderful people!
After taking and successfully finishing the Collections Management Certification Program in 2015, the Collections Management for Costume and Textiles Online program was the next logical step in my career path. This course gave me the opportunity to grow on a professional level experiencing an outstanding level of mentorship provided by Fionn Zarubica, and through the interaction with the lovely people with whom I attended this course.
The form of interesting, substantial, yet brief lectures in the combination with clear and applicable tasks proved to be an excellent concept for a learning platform.
The knowledge I have gained through this program, to me as an inexperienced future museum professional is of a great value, due to its overcoming of the established and implementing up to date practice in the collections management vocation, all in order to better understand and preserve a costume and textile collection.
I would recommend this course to anyone who is pursuing the career in the museum business.
Taking part in the Collections Management for Costumes & Textiles Online Course has been a great opportunity for me. I have learned so much and have had the chance to grow both professionally and personally.
Fionn Zarubica is a great teacher, always present and constantly available to clarify any doubt. The course not only increases one’s knowledge, but it also creates a strong connection and interaction among different people from different cultures.
The whole course has been conducted in a very efficient, productive, dynamic and enthusiastic way. I learned something new every day!
This is the education of the future.
After attending the Collections Management Certification Program (CMCP), the Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program was not only a needed refreshment of the previously gained knowledge, but also a great enhancement of the CMCP program. It gave me a not only a deeper insight into the “secrets” and responsibilities, but also into the rewards of a museum professional’s job. However, the most valuable thing we gained from this course is the possibility to exchange experiences and ideas in an international context, which, I believe, broadened our horizons.
Fionn Zarubica has yet again proved to be a wonderful lecturer and her carefully prepared presentations and materials were treats as much as they were lessons.
For an Italian conservator with over 30 years of experience in paintings restoration, as I am, following this course has been a real challenge, because I had to change my way of thinking about artworks and museum professionals.
It has been hard for me at the beginning, because of the language barrier and the topics I knew less about.
Fionn Zarubica has been an excellent teacher: her on-line lessons were very thorough and clear, and the reading materials suggested were always interesting and useful.
She has also been an attentive guide, e.g. underlining when I sometimes misunderstood, the differences between the diverse competences of the museum professions.
Working with people from so many other countries has been an added value to the course, confronting different ways of approaching our daily assignments.
At the end of this course I have to say that I learned quite much about textiles management, and I would like to integrate my knowledge by improving my skills in textile conservation too.
Wonderful people from around the world, a great interactive platform for networking and exchanging museum practices. People from different professions focused on better treatment, display, and care of textiles and costumes. An experience you do not want to miss.
The Collections Management for Costume & Textiles Online program was a unique experience. Much more personal than online courses usually are, this program is great medium to learn about museum standards of preservation, conservation and protection.
The course introduced me to the role of Collections Manager, improved my knowledge of day to day museum operations and made me familiar with the spheres of museum work that I did not have a chance to learn about before.
For me, it was the first time I attended an online course. I appreciated the high quality of the content which was well-explained thanks to simple and appropriate writing. I loved that the group could interface with each other and discussions are always interesting. The course is organized in way to facilitate both learning and application of the subject (even if in a hypothetical way).
The instructor is a lovely helpful and professional guide to all her students. Thank you!
Although, I lacked the educational background and experience in costume and textiles, I learnt a lot. I mastered new terminology, read new articles, visited websites and I did many things I wouldn’t do if it weren’t for this course. Topics and homework were interesting, some exercises were more difficult but the allocated time was sufficient to finish everything on time.
Fionn Zarubica was patient enough to reply to every single e-mail I sent. She inspired me to be believe again in myself. I learned to strictly follow instructions and new writing techniques like writing an essay. However, there were times when I wanted to drop out because I didn’t believe I could master it. But the excitement about new topics, and Mrs Fionn’s support made me stay and successfully finish the course.
I would recommend this course to everyone who is looking to broaden their horizons and learn new and interesting things. Even though English is not my mother tongue, I managed to finish the course. So, I think that everyone who has motivation can finish this course regardless of his or her level of English.
I would like to be a part of this active and enthusiastic team again in the future. I am looking forward to new courses.
My opinion on this course is overall positive. The material provided was very useful and rich of working experience, neither too theoretical nor too practical. The content of lectures was very accurate. The teacher, Fionn, is a person with a strong personality and great patience. It is not easy to lead virtually a group of different people with different backgrounds and different mother tongues trying to do their homework in English. Also, in these months the attention level was always high.
During the course, I had some occasions to discuss with the teacher several times. I appreciated her sincerity and frankness and also the ability to question herself. It’s not easy and it’s not a frequent thing.
This is the second course I am taking with Fionn Zarubica Learn. My experience was very good both times. My recommendations!
I was glad to be part of Collection Management for Costume and Textile training programme from February 2017 to June 2017.
I learned a lot during this programme about collections management, exhibition, documentation, preservation, storage and care. It was a new field for me but my instructor – Ms. Fionn Zarubica – is great and she has helped at every step. I am thankful to her for all her support. Every lecture was a new learning challenge but the programme design and its contents made me more enthusiastic towards the next lecture. The forum has helped all colleagues to be interactive and to share our views and ideas and express ourselves about our cultures. Our Instructor is a master of her field and she has helped both at professionnal and personal level.
I highly recommend the Collections Management for Costumes and Textiles Online course. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from such a knowledgeable, practical and highly experienced teacher as Fionn Zarubica. The program is thorough, easily managed and works well in the online format.
The course provided a lot of information on different aspects of collections management and topics that are more broadly connected to the functioning of a museum. It is also suitable for those that do not have prior experience in this field.
It was my first time taking an online course, which was an interesting experience in and of itself. It contributes to forming a better understanding of the value of communication, time and deadlines.
I came to know about Fionn Zarubica through a friend who recommended I take the “Collections Management For Costume & Textiles Online” course and I am glad I did.
I took this Online course from March 2017 to June 2017. Considering this being an online course, I was wondering how effective this would be. The style of teaching and involving all the participants in the course was unique. The assignments were very enriching not only in the subject matter but also in the essay writing skills. I did not feel any of the drawback of the typical online courses.
Considering the participants being from different parts of the world and different cultures, Fionn handled that beautifully. Her deep knowledge in the museum, collections and various religions & cultures are impressive.
The content and reference materials she provided in the class were excellent and will be a good reference for future.
Even though I am from a Information Technology background, I had been involved in collection management for a non-profit organization. The course was very beneficial not only for textile conservation, but also in general conservation.
Anybody who is considering taking her course, I strongly recommend to go ahead and take the course. Like me, I am sure you will be glad you did.
The rich seminar program provided me a good look at the all important informations regarding collection management in general, as well as the informations on textiles, their storage and maintenance. The instructor – dearest Fionn Zarubica, with her positive sunny energy and so much patience, not only that she gave me knowledge on the previously mentioned, she taught me punctuality, professionalism and to have passion for whatever I do in life!
The four training modules were very intense. Fionn Zarubica is an exigent trainer but attentive to all of her students. The students could go through all the online sessions, and in the meantime continue their daily jobs and lives. It is great to virtually “meet” some people from various horizons and to be on the same boat for almost five months. We went through passionate topics and were able to gather a ton of articles, practical tips, and feedback from the instructor.
Thank you, Fionn! I hope we could meet personally.