• Class Number 5579
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Kate Warren
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Jennifer Coombes
SELT Survey Results

This course ensures students complete their Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship with applied knowledge of curatorial and exhibition-making processes, and understanding of current issues in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector. In seminars led by ANU staff, curators and senior GLAM professionals, students will learn about current exhibition-making policy and practice. In accompanying workshops students will extend their learning through applied exercises and participatory tasks, developing important transferrable skills. Where possible, students will engage in object-based learning activities through access to the School of Art & Design and ANU art collections (subject to access conditions). Throughout this course, students will encounter, observe and learn about the inter-related activities that make creating and visiting art exhibitions both educative and enjoyable. Please note: Due to the applied and practical nature of this course, changes to the assessment tasks and/or class formats may be required at short notice (in order to comply with COVID-19 safety requirements).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. critically describe the respective and inter-related roles of GLAM professionals in developing and presenting exhibitions;
  2. critically evaluate the practical and conceptual premises behind exhibitions and creative programming;
  3. conceive of and develop independent curatorial and program proposals, in response to real-world scenarios;
  4. identify and critically analyse the curatorial and exhibition-making processes and requirements of different types of GLAM institutions; and
  5. plan and apply key techniques of artwork care and exhibition installation.

Field Trips

We will be visiting a number of on campus galleries and arts spaces as part of our Workshops (including Drill Hall, School of Art & Design).

There may be opportunities to visit some of the National Cultural Institutions during timetabled hours (if access and COVID-19 requirements permit). These details will be communicated to students through Wattle and email well in advance of any Field Trip.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All required readings and resources will be made available through the course's Wattle site.

Below are some recommended resources. You will find many more scholarly resources about Museum Studies and Curatorship through ANU Libraries and online databases

Recommended Journals:


Journal of Museum Education (available online through ANU library)

Museum Anthropology (available online through ANU library)

Museum Management and Curatorship (available online through ANU library)

Collection and Curation (available online through ANU library)

Journal of Curatorial Studies (available online through ANU library)

Recommended Online and Industry Resources:

Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, https://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museumresources/?fbclid=IwAR07wMyGsOdsp2TgRaV-XKitPGztm8cgoxBxPPpU3K- bYD_4QVcBTaN6UwI

International Council of Museums (ICOM), https://icom.museum/en/

College Art Association (CAA), https://www.collegeart.org/ Art

Association of Australia and New Zealand, http://aaanz.info/

Australian Museums and Galleries Association, https://www.amaga.org.au/

National Association for the Visual Arts, https://visualarts.net.au/

Recommended Books:

Bruce Altshuler, Collecting the new: museums and contemporary art, Princeton, NJ, 2005.

Paula Marincola (ed), What makes a Great Exhibition? Philadelphia Exhibition Initiative, Philadelphia, 2008.

Brian O’Doherty, Inside the White cube, Lapis Press, Santa Monica, 1976.

Paul O’Neill, The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), The MIT Press, Cambridge, 2012.

Karsten Schubert, The Curator’s Egg, One-Off-Press, London, 2000.

Terry Smith, Thinking Contemporary Curating, Independent Curators International, New York 2012 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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

Please note: Due to the nature of this course the class schedule of activities is subject to change and adjustment.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Curators' Perspectives
3 Working with Objects
4 Working with Collections
5 Online Curating
6 Working with Artists: Commissioning Assessment Task 1 Due
7 Public Programs & Audiences Assessment Task 2 Due
8 Artist-Run Initiatives
9 Arts Writing and Publishing
10 Funding and Policy
11 Exhibition Design and Installation
12 Final Presentations and Reflections Assessment Task 3 Due
13 ANU Exam Period Assessment Task 4 Due

Tutorial Registration

Students must use Wattle to register for a workshop on Fridays

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Applied Exhibition Proposal (2500 words) 25 % 05/09/2021 19/09/2021 3,4,5
Exhibition Critique (2000 words) 20 % 26/09/2021 11/10/2021 1,2,4
Public programs proposal and presentation (pairs/groups) (equiv. 2000 words each) 25 % 29/10/2021 12/11/2021 3,4
Final Reflective Analysis Essay (1500 words) 15 % 07/11/2021 21/11/2021 1,2,4
Participation 15 % * * 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Individual participation in course activities is worth 15% of the final course grade, and is linked to Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 05/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 19/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Applied Exhibition Proposal (2500 words)

For this task students will develop an exhibition proposal for a real-world exhibition space and institution. They will draw on and respond to a specific art collection, and by doing so they will gain and demonstrate new, applied understanding of that collection. Students will have to convincingly communicate their exhibition proposal in multiple formats, including a verbal pitch and a detailed written proposal.


Full details of the task and the collection being explored will be provided on Wattle, but some of the core elements of the task will include:

·     A written exhibition rationale

·     A list of artworks, with full artwork details for labels

·     Extended label texts for selected artworks

·     Instructions on hanging/installation

·     A 5-minute (max) video pitch of their exhibition proposal (to be pre-recorded)

·     A brief acquisitions proposal for one additional artwork not currently in the collection


An assessment rubric and further task instructions will be available through Wattle


Word limit: 2500 words

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: Submit via upload to Wattle. Written submission should be 12-point font, double spaced, using Chicago style referencing (footnotes and bibliography).

Due date: Sunday 5 September 2021, 11.59pm

Estimated return date: Sunday 19 September, 2021

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 11/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Exhibition Critique (2000 words)

This task involves a thorough critique of an exhibition. Students may choose from a set selection of current exhibitions on display in Canberra (to be listed on Wattle), or they may choose to review an online exhibition. Students will be assessed on their ability to evaluate and critically analyse multiple components, including the exhibition’s conceptual basis; relevant contexts around its creation; curatorial strategies and selection of works; exhibition design & layout, and/or the effectiveness of the online platform; context, rationale and relevance to the institution’s stated goals and objectives.

The written submission should be positioned as a thorough, well-researched academic critique, drawing on current scholarly literature (for example in curatorial studies, digital art history, contemporary art theory). It should make comprehensive use of scholarly apparatuses of footnotes and bibliography to cite external sources of information in Chicago Manual of Style format (Footnotes-Bibliography style).


An assessment rubric and further task instructions will be available through Wattle


Word limit: 2000 words

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: Submit via upload to Wattle. 12-point font, double spaced, using Chicago style referencing (footnotes and bibliography)

Due date: Sunday 26 September 2021, 11.59pm

Estimated return date: Monday 11 October 2021

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 12/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Public programs proposal and presentation (pairs/groups) (equiv. 2000 words each)

Students will work in pairs or small groups to develop and present a proposed program of Public and Education Programs in response to a future exhibition scenario. Students will be particularly encouraged to consider the relationship between ‘in person’ and ‘online’ events and activities, and to design their proposed program accordingly.

Groups will submit a written Public Programs Package that should include elements such as (but not limited to):

·     An overarching rationale for the program and how it responds to the scenario

·     A statement about intended audiences, and how the program will reach them

·     A list of proposed programs, with full details, descriptions and timeline

·     An education resource, connected to the program, that targets a particular cohort of students

Pairs/groups will also present their proposal in a 10-minute oral presentation in the course seminars/workshops.

An assessment rubric and further task instructions will be available through Wattle


Word limit: Equivalent to 2000 words per person

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: Submit via upload to Wattle. Students can use creative design elements to present their proposal.

Due date: Friday 29 October 2021, 11.59pm

Estimated return date: Friday 12 November 2021

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 07/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 21/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Final Reflective Analysis Essay (1500 words)

In this task, you will critically reflect on key elements of the course and what you have learned. Through choosing specific weekly themes or tasks you should consider how you built on your knowledge during the semester, what insights you gained, and how you might continue to apply/develop this knowledge and experiences in the future. As part of your reflection, you should draw critically on the various discussions, guest lectures, activities and readings that you engaged with across the semester. While this is not a research task, the Reflective Essay should draw on relevant readings and scholarly materials in order to deepen the analysis.


An assessment rubric and further task instructions will be available through Wattle


Word limit: 1500 words

Value: 15%

Presentation requirements: Submit via upload to Wattle. 12-point font, double spaced, using Chicago style referencing (footnotes and bibliography)

Due date: Sunday 7 November 2021, 11.59pm

Estimated return date: Sunday 21 November 2021

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Individual participation in course activities is worth 15% of the final course grade.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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

Grades and feedback on assignments will be returned to students via Wattle

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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 of individual assignments is not available for this course. A student achieving a final course result of N45%-N49% will be offered supplementary assessment, which must be conducted according to the procedures described in the Assessment Rules. 


Privacy Notice

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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 Kate Warren
02 6125 8960

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