UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum



Student Docent Program

The Fralin's volunteer docents lead engaging and interactive tours to a variety of school groups and community organizations from across the central Virginia region. They also assist with the Museum's special programs, including 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 U.Va. 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.

Docent Training Course

The application period for the Spring 2017 Docent Training Course is now open. If you are interested in training to be a student docent at The Fralin, learn more and apply using our online application form. Applications must be submitted no later than October 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or by email with questions, or attend one of the following upcoming information sessions:

Interest Meeting: Monday, October 10, 5:00-6:00pm, Alderman Scholars’ Lab
Interest Tour: Wednesday, October 12, 4:00-4:45pm, in the Museum
Interest Tour: Tuesday, October 18, 4:00-4:45pm, in the Museum

Continuing education for student docents

After their initial training period, student docents attend weekly education meetings that include workshops and lectures by education staff, curators, and guest speakers on special exhibitions and the permanent collection. As a group, docents take annual field trips to other museums.

For information on Community Docent Education meetings, see >