• 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 Andrew Montana
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This internship with available arts cultural institutions in the ACT 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 art 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, art educators and learning and access programmers. The internship aims to provide 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 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 collection management, interpretation, time management, and exhibition development.
  3. Research behind and the acquisition of an art object for an arts and cultural institution, or research towards the development of a related exhibition or public program proposal.
  4. Compile a structured report on an acquisition or related project, in which a sustained research argument is developed, and communicate their report to an audience.

Indicative Assessment

Research Acquisition, Exhibition or Public Program  Proposal: 2500 words 60% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Reflective journal on activities undertaken during this- semester, written up towards completion of the semester internship: 2500 words 40% (LO 1, 2, 3)

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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3974 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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