• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charlotte Galloway
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The Internship with available arts cultural institutions is a prestigious and demanding program, in which the Internship Convenor places graduate students with a sound record of academic achievement in Art History or related field and a demonstrated interest in the area.   The Internship  is designed to provide the student with 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, registrars, research program managers and art educators and public programmers.  The internship is seen as providing an opportunity for learning about the field in preparation towards an art museum career.

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. participate within an arts cultural institution and understand the workings of that institution in co-operation with specialist staff.  

 2. understand the issues surrounding audience development within a specified art museum.

 3. research, prepare and deliver a floor talk about an art object.

 4. write an extended label and caption on an art object/s in an art exhibition, which communicates directly and evocatively to non arts specialist gallery audiences

 5. write an engaging hypothetical art exhibition review that communicates directly to a wide readership

 6. analyse and evaluate issues of contemporary interest and polemic related to art museum practice in Australia and/or internationally.

Indicative Assessment

Floor talk  1,000 words 15%  (Learning outcomes  1, 2 and  3)

Extended label & caption 300 words 15% (Learning outcomes, 1, 2 and 4)

Exhibition review article 1,000 words 20%  (Learning outcomes, 1 2, and 5)

Research essay 3, 500 words 50% (Learning outcomes, 1, 2 and 6)

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Contact hours include

*  10 hours per week at the host institution over a 13 week semester; and structured group discussions and group meetings with the Internship Convenor throughout the semester.

Students are expected to complete an average of 3 hours per week outside these contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

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

Rigg, Judith (ed.), Issues in curating Contemporary Art and Performance, Bristol, UK, 2007.

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


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2800 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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