• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kate Warren
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course ensures students complete their Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship with hands-on practical experience of the curatorial and exhibition process, and a sound knowledge of current museum issues. With access to the School of Art & Design's workshop collection and the School of Art & Design Gallery, 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. 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 knowledge and skills to:

    1. critically describe the respective and inter-related roles of art museum personnel in developing, maintaining, presenting and marketing art collections;
    2. critically evaluate 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. describe the techniques and materials associated with an area of artistic practice.

    Indicative Assessment

    Reflective journal based on workshop and seminar sessions, 2500 words (25%), Learning Outcomes 1, 2
    Evaluative critique and analysis of an art exhibition current at the time of the course’s delivery, 2500 words (30%), Learning Outcomes 1-3
    Comparative object analysis, 1000 words (15%), Learning Outcome 4
    Participation and completion of project tasks including object research, exhibition catalogue text, social media, and object documentation, 2000 words (30%), Learning Outcomes 1-4

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

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (BAHCR) and have completed 54 units of Art History (ARTH) courses, or with the permission of the convenor.

    Preliminary Reading

    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)

    Assumed Knowledge

    Ability to undertake art historical research and visual analysis.


    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.

    Units EFTSL
    12.00 0.25000
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $6240
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $9600
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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
    7714 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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