• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Hansen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces students to the history and profession of curatorship, and explores the roles of curators across varying collecting environments, with a focus on art collections. Students will become familiar with the main factors for consideration when preparing exhibitions and displays. They will also be introduced to the organisation of museums and the various professions within the museum environment. Topics will include the development of art galleries and museums, especially in the 20th century; the development, management and display of art collections; and approaches to documentation and publication. The course will study issues related to the responsibilities of the curator to the community (accessibility, education, exhibition and public relations) as well as responsibility to the objects (conservation, storage, accessioning and loan policies). There is a focus on Australian institutions and collections at national and regional levels.

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. Discuss the history of curatorship in art galleries both orally and in written form.
  2. Describe and discuss the roles of an art curator in the modern both orally and in written form.
  3. Evaluate art exhibitions and permanent collections and communicate their views in written and oral form.
  4. Describe and discuss the processes involved in staging an art exhibition.
  5. Undertake independent research and critically review specialised literature.

Indicative Assessment

For on-campus and on-line students:

Exhibition proposal 500 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]

Exhibition Package 4000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]

Curatorial research presentation 5000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

Exhibition review 600 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 5]

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Workload

An average of 1.5 hours lectures, 2.5 hour tutorials each week, plus 16 hours reading and assessment preparation each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARTH2045

Specialisations

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 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.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
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
On campus
9535 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A
Online
9536 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online N/A

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