• Class Number 3097
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sarah Scott
    • Dr Sarah Scott
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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 a related field. 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 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; and
  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.

Research-Led Teaching

The convenor of this course has experience working in cultural institutions. In addition, suitably qualified supervisors at the cultural institutions in Canberra will ensure a high level of professionalism in relation to the internship within those institutions. 

Required Resources

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching

materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.


Students are requested to refer to the School of Art website for information:


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Guidelines for Interns

1.   A professional approach is of paramount importance. You represent not only yourself, but also the University. When dealing with the public, you also represent the institution for which you are working. 

2.   You are expected to maintain the same standards of work and discipline established for paid employees. 

3.   During the course of your internship, you may be given access to confidential information. You must not photocopy or scan documents or provide information to third parties without the express permission of your supervisor. 

4.   During the course of your internship, third parties may be more willing to supply you with information or documents because of your association with your host institution. If you mention the name of your institution in connection with obtaining information or documents, these are then the property of the institution and you should offer them to your supervisor so that relevant files may be updated. 

5.   Establish with your supervisor an attendance routine, and maintain it. Notify your supervisor in advance of any expected absences, such as University teaching breaks, etc. Make sure that you know who you may ask for support and advice if your supervisor is absent.

6.   Ensure that you know exactly what is expected of you, the nature of your task,

      and your relation to staff. You should be aware that occasionally pressures of work in your institution might mean that your supervisor is unable to spend as much time with you as is desirable, and that supervisors may change without much notice. 

7.   Be prepared to work within the limits agreed with your supervisor. If you feel there is any change needed, contact the Internship Coordinator Dr Andrew Montana and discuss it before taking action. 

8.   Your work is undertaken by agreement. 

9.   Familiarise yourself with safety arrangements and any special procedures. 

10. Clarify your position on expenses incurred during work, and how/if you may go about claiming them.

11. If you have any problems or concerns which you cannot resolve by yourself, do not hesitate to contact the Internship Coordinator

12. You are insured by the ANU from the beginning of the teaching semester until the end of the teaching semester, inclusive of teaching and mid-semester breaks. 

Referencing requirements

Chicago Style footnotes/ bibliography are mandatory for this course http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Begin your internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hours per week negotiated.
2 Monday 4 March: Meeting with Masters students - general discussion of the year. Internship Meeting Number One. Specific discussion of Internship: Collections course - and outlining of dates for remaining internship meetings during the semester . Internship week at your respective cultural institution
3 Internship Week at your respective cultural institution
4 Monday 18 March TBC: Internship Meeting Number Two: Discussion concerning Internship, supervision and Acquisition Proposal Project and Reflective Journal
5 Internship Week at your respective cultural institution
6 Internship week at your respective cultural institution
7 Tuesday 23 April TBC: Internship Meeting Number Three
8 Internship Week at your respective cultural institution
9 6 May: Presentation Day Acquisition Proposals.
10 Internship Week at your respective cultural institution 13 May: Acquisition Proposal Due in.
11 Internship week at your respective cultural institution
12 Tuesday 28 May: Final (informal) Meeting to Review semester and catchup Internship week at your respective cultural institution. 28 May: Reflective Journal due in

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Acquisition or Public Program 60 % 13/05/2019 20/05/2019 1,2,3,4
Reflective Journal 40 % 27/05/2019 11/06/2019 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Internship: 10 hours /week attendance  

Not graded - satisfactory attendance and participation required for completion of the course with feedback evaluation provided by the host supervisor at the end of the internship.

Approx. 3 x internship meetings during semester – Monday afternoons except when there are public holidays.

Attendance at these meetings is mandatory

Dates: TBA


Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 13/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 20/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Acquisition or Public Program

A benefactor has donated between $10,000 and $50,000 for the acquisition of a work of art. The student is required to select a work of art which fits within the acquisition policy of the institution and the collecting areas of the department in which they are working. Where practicable, the object should be available for purchase within Australia, as the student will normally be required to view the object at first hand. Sometimes it is possible for a student to produce a proposal for a work under consideration by the institution.

The project consists of two parts:

A.     The student must prepare a written acquisition proposal to be submitted to a hypothetical Acquisitions Committee for consideration. The form of the 3,000 word submitted proposal may depend on the internship placement. The proposal should, however, contain (where applicable) the following information: 

1.     Institution/Department

2.     Proposer of Work

3.     Descriptions and Summary

4.     Artist/Maker/Culture and dates

5.     Title/Object

6.     Date of work

7.     Medium

8.     Dimensions

9.     Signed/Marked/Inscribed

10.   Vendor and price

11.   Present location

12.   Image of Work

13.  Description of Work

14.  Condition of work; (any conservation required)

15.  Artist’s biography: place in the artist’s corpus

16.  Complement the existing collections

17.   Similar works in Australian public collections

18.  Plans for exhibiting and publishing: further collecting related to this work

19.   Provenance

20.   Published references and expert opinions

(demonstration of authenticity)

21.  Exhibition history (if any)

22.  Why do you recommend the object for acquisition

23.   Vendor and price

24.  Comparable recent market prices

25.  History of negotiations related to the potential acquisition

26.  Expections of similar works or potential gifts  

B.      An oral presentation is made to an ‘Acquisitions Committee’, (your colleagues) which will be asked to approve the acquisition. The presentation should last no longer than 20 minutes with an additional ten minutes for questions.  

Acquisition or Exhibition or Public Program Presentation Day: Lady Wilson Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building (TBC)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 27/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 11/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Reflective Journal

Reflective journal on activities undertaken during this semester, and written up towards completion of the semester internship

Length: 3000 words 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via the wattle website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is not available for this course

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Sarah Scott

Research Interests

Curatorial studies, Australian art, Indigenous Australian art, Printmaking, Exhibition histories

Dr Sarah Scott

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Dr Sarah Scott

Research Interests

Dr Sarah Scott

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