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Student Docents

The Fralin student docents are trained in a variety of museum education techniques, including the inquiry method.After completing the required Docent Training Course, they lead tours for school groups and community organizations, assist with the annual Writer's Eye competition, and contribute to the Museum’s mission by fostering an appreciation for art in visitors of all ages.

University students who are accepted into the program are required to complete the Museum’s 11-week Docent Training Course. Participants in the course develop observational skills and knowledge of the elements of art through investigation of the Museum's collections and current exhibitions; learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours; and complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course.

The Student Docents are an official UVA student organization operating under the supervision of The Fralin’s education department. Interested students are encouraged to apply by the spring of their second year in order to have at least one full year as an active docent after completing the training course. Rising fourth years will only be accepted to the program if they are planning to stay on for graduate study, or if there are unused spaces in the Docent Training Course. Applications are reviewed by the docent coordinator and a panel of current members.

The Fralin is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Docent Training Course. Students who wish to become volunteer docents can find more information about the program and apply online here. Interested students are invited to attend an information session on February 20 at 6:30 pm in the Alderman 3rd-floor conference room, and/or an “interest tour” in the Museum on February 23 at 6 pm. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 13, 2017. Contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or by email with questions.

Community Docents

The Fralin community docents are trained in a variety of museum education techniques, including the inquiry method. After completion of the required Docent Training Course, they lead tours for school groups and community organizations and assist with the annual Writer's Eye competition and the Eyes on Art program for individuals with Alzheimer's.

Community members who are accepted into the program are required to complete the Museum's 11-week Docent Training Course. Participants in the course develop observational skills and knowledge of the elements of art through investigation of the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, and learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours. New docents complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course and commit to leading tours at The Fralin for at least two years following its completion.

The Museum accepts applications on a rolling basis from community members who wish to become docents, and interviews are conducted prior to the beginning of each Docent Training Course. For information about future docent training opportunities, contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or email Docent Education.