• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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The Art History and Curatorship Internship ensures students complete their degree with hands-on practical experience of the curatorial and exhibition process, and a sound knowledge of current museum issues. Accessing the School of Art and Design’s Workshop collections, students will work collaboratively to document works of art, and prepare an exhibition which will be held at the end of the semester. Students will be able to examine works of art in depth and learn about their material qualities and the techniques used to create them. Presentations from senior museum professionals will engage students with contemporary museum challenges.  During the semester students will gain experience of exhibition installation at the School of Art Gallery and participate in a collaborative project with School of Art and Design students enabling further insight into the artistic process, and the logistics associated with site-specific installations. Throughout this course, students encounter, observe and learn about the inter-related activities that go into making the experience of visiting art exhibitions 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. Understand, identify and describe the respective and inter-related roles of art museum personnel in developing, maintaining, presenting and marketing art collections;
  2. Identify, evaluate and articulate in written and oral forms the developmental criteria behind the funding, sponsorship, timing, makings and staging of an art exhibition, and current issues facing museums;
  3. Prepare a project timeline for an exhibition; and
  4. Recognise and describe the techniques and materials associated with an area of artistic practice.

Indicative Assessment

Reflective journal based on weekly seminar sessions, 2000 words (Learning Outcomes 1, 2) 20%
Evaluative critique and analysis of an art exhibition current at the time of the course’s delivery, 3000 words (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3) 30%
Preparation of catalogue entries for the site-specific installation, 1000 words (Learning Outcomes 2, 4) 10%
Participation and completion of project tasks during the semester including object research, exhibition catalogue text, social media, object documentation, 2000 words (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4) 20%

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact: 36 hours of workshop sessions and 12 hours of seminars
b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

George, Adrian, The Curator’s Handbook: museums, commercial galleries, independent spaces, London: Thames and Hudson, 2015.
Smith, Terry, Thinking Contemporary Curating, New York: Independent Curators International, 2012
Lord, Barry, Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Blue Ridge Summit: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. Curator  (journal)
Museum Management and Curatorship (journal)


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:
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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5640
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $8640
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8423 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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