• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charlotte Galloway
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The Art History and Curatorship Internship provides students with behind-the-scenes privileged access to Canberra’s leading art cultural institutions. A series of field visits are hosted by specialist art museum staff and led by the Art History and Curatorship academics. Students will meet staff from these arts institutions and discover the specialist activities within the institutions that relate to the collection, care and display of art objects. Focus areas may include collection management, storage, object handling and house-keeping conservation, research, exhibition development and design, and written, oral and technological communication strategies. The week-long intensive undertaken towards the end of the course at the Australian National University’s Drill Hall Gallery introduces students to the development, marketing and staging criteria of curating an art exhibition, the networks behind the travelling exhibition, and the exhibition’s role in providing a range of communication and outreach activities for the University community and the wider public. Throughout this course, students encounter, observe and learn about the inter-related activities that go into making the experience of accessing and visiting the art museum both educative and enjoyable. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to: 

  1. Analyse, evaluate and report on the rationales and practices of an art institutions.
  2. Differentiate clearly between the objectives and collecting, exhibition and educative strategies and policies of the respective arts institutions.
  3. Understand, identify and describe the respective and inter-related roles of art museum personnel in developing, maintaining, presenting and marketing art collections. 
  4. Identify, evaluate and articulate in written and oral forms the developmental criteria behind the funding, sponsorship, the timing, makings and staging of an art exhibition, and the art exhibition’s communication and outreach channels. 

Indicative Assessment

  • a 4,000 word research essay that analyses and evaluates the different philosophies and missions of the respective cultural institutions visited throughout this course, and critically addresses the differing purposes and roles in collecting, and their collection management practices, their exhibition and interpretation strategies and outreach communication strategies (worth 50%)- (Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3 & 4).

  • a 3,000 word evaluative critique and analysis of an art exhibition current at the time of the course’s delivery (worth 30%)-(Learning outcomes: 1, 2, & 4). 

  • a 1,000 word presentation paper that reflects critically on the intensive held at the Drill Hall Gallery (worth 20%)-(Learning outcomes: 1, 3, & 4).

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48 contact hours including:

- 8 x 2 hour access sessions at art cultural institutions

- 32 hour week-long intensive at ANU’s Drill Hall Gallery


Independent study of 16 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Art to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

O’Doherty, Brian, Inside the White cube: the ideology of the gallery space, Lapis Press, Santa Monica, 1976.


Marincola, Paula (ed.), What Makes a Great Exhibition?, Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, Philadelphia, 2006.


Thomas, Daniel, ‘Art Museums in Australia: a personal account’, http://nma.gov.au/research/understanding-museums/DThomas-2001.html


Thompson, John, (ed.), Manual of Curatorship: a guide to museum practice, Oxford, 1992 and later editions. 


Schubert, Karsten, The Curator's Egg: the evolution of the museum concept from the French Revolution to the present day, One-Off Press, London, 2000 



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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Year Fee
2015 $5208
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Year Fee
2015 $8292
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2867 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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