• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Museums and Collections, Design Arts, Arts, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adele Chynoweth
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course focuses on the process of exhibitions design within the context of museums, cultural collecting institutions and heritage agencies. It examines contemporary innovative exhibitions and their designs, technologies, audience development, project management and stakeholder consultation. Practical skills such as writing for exhibitions (from proposals, education kits, labels to catalogues), object handling, hanging and public program development will be developed. Importantly, the exhibition developed as part of this course will actually be shown at an appropriate venue (such as a museum or heritage site).

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. Design and deliver a small exhibition including exhibition planning, community liaison, research techniques, installation, and texts related to exhibitions.
  2. Apply interdisciplinary problem-solving skills as they relate to exhibition development.
  3. Implement appropriate consultation methods and develop working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  4. Contribute to the design of exhibitions for a diverse range of venues (which may include traveling and online exhibitions) and audiences.

Indicative Assessment

In person:

Team Exhibition 15% (LO1,2,3)

Text panels, catalogue essay, (2500 words) 25% (LO1)

Final Exhibition (individual) 50% (LO1,3,4)

Presentation (10 min) 10% (recorded and posted to Wattle site) (LO1)


Online Students:

Visualization of design (online presentation, equivalent to 2000 words) 50% (LO1,3,4)

Text panels, catalogue essay (3000 words) 40% (LO1)

Presentation (10min) 10% (recorded and posted to Wattle site) (LO1)

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Preliminary Reading

Paul Basu and Sharon Macdonald (eds), Exhibition Experiments, Malden MA: Blackwell, 2007.

Georgia Rouette, Exhibitions: A Practical Guide for Small Museums and Galleries, Museums Australia (Victoria), 2007.

Lord, B and Lord, G The Manual of Museum Exhibition Walnut Creek: Alta Mira (2001)

Paul Basu and Sharon Macdonald (eds), "Exhibition Experiments", Malden MA: Blackwell, 2007.

Georgia Rouette, "Exhibitions: A Practical Guide for Small Museums and Galleries", Museums Australia (Victoria), 2007.

Lord, B and Lord, G "The Manual of Museum Exhibition" Walnut Creek: Alta Mira (2001)

Serrell, B (1996) "Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach" Walnut Creek: Alta Mira

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed or are enrolled in MUSC8017 Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices or ARCH8104.


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

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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
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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
8173 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
8174 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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