• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Museums and Collections
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charlotte Galloway
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This semester long internship with available arts cultural institutions is a prestigious and demanding program, in which the internship convenor places Art History and Curatorship Honours students.  The Internship is designed to provide the student with practical insights into the activities and the workings of an art museum or gallery.  The specific nature of the contact work will depend on the requirements of the art museum specialist supervisor, who may include curators, research program managers, registrars and learning and access programmers. The internship is aimed at providing an opportunity for learning about the field in preparation towards and art museum career.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Participate in the workings of an arts and cultural institution in co-operation with specialist staff.
  2. Engage with a specified art museum project related to audience development.
  3. Identify an art object to research and deliver a floor talk about that object to an audience.
  4. Develop the writing  of an extended label and caption on an art object/s in an art exhibition.
  5. Write an exhibition review that engages a wide reader audience.
  6. Demonstrate strong analytic and evaluative skills by researching and writing a documented paper on an issue of contemporary interest and polemic related to art museum and arts industry practice in Australia and/or internationally.

Indicative Assessment

20 minute floor talk and a written research report of 1000 words: 15% (LO 1, 2, 3)

Extended label and caption: 15% (LO 2, 3, 4)

Exhibition review article: 1000 words 20% (LO 1, 2, 5)

Research essay: 3000 words 50% (LO 1, 2, 6)

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This art museum internship is structured around the 13 week academic semester with a commitment of 10 hours per week for 13 weeks at the host institution (total 130 hours)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HARTS2), Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (Honours) (HAHCR), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

No Prescribed Texts

Preliminary Reading

Bruce Altshuler, Collecting the new: museums and contemporary art, Princeton, New Jersey, 2005;

Paula Marincola (ed), What makes a Great Exhibition? Philadelphia Exhibition Initiative, Philadelphia, 2008;

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

In consultation with internship convenor

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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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
3449 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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