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 for the spring 2016 Docent Training Course is now open. If you are interested in becoming a docent at The Fralin, you may learn more about the program and complete an application using our online form >. Docent training will be held on Fridays from 9 am - 12 pm during the spring 2016 semester, and key dates for the application process are listed below. If you have any questions about the docent program, contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or email.

Key Dates:
October 11, 4 pm: Interest Meeting at The Fralin
October 13, 7 pm: Interest Meeting in Chem 303
October 21, 4 pm: Sample Tour of The Fralin
October 26, 5 pm: Application Deadline

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.

In fall 2015, Student Docent Education meetings will be held in the Museum on Fridays from 1–2 pm, August 28 – December 4. (There will be no education meeting on the following Fridays: October 2, October 16, November 27.)

For information on Community Docent Education meetings, see >