• Class Number 5556
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sarah Scott
    • Dr Sarah Scott
  • 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
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 related field and a demonstrated interest in the area. 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:

  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 audience development;
  3. identify an art object to research and deliver a floor talk about that object to an audience;
  4. develop the writing of an extended label and caption on an art object/s in an art exhibition;
  5. write an exhibition review that engages a wide reader audience; and
  6. demonstrate strong analytic and evaluative skills by researching and writing a documented paper on an issue of contemporary interest and polemic related to art museum and arts industry practice in Australia and/or internationally.

Field Trips

Field Trips to the Drill Hall Gallery

Thompson, John, (ed.), Manual of Curatorship: a guide to museum practice, Oxford, 1992 and later editions.

Rigg, Judith (ed.), Issues in curating Contemporary Art and Performance, Bristol, UK, 2007.

Schubert, Karsten, The Curator's Egg: the evolution of the museum concept from the French Revolution to the present day, One-Off Press, London, 2000

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups and individuals
  • Peer learning

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Meet and Greet. Workshop discussion re: floor talks and labels. Visit to Drill Hall Gallery. Begin internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
2 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
3 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
4 Floor talks: Part One Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw. Floor talks: Part One
5 Floor talks: Part Two Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw. Floor talks: Part Two
6 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw. Labels and Floor talks due.
7 Exhibition Review Workshop. Visit to Still in My Mind - Drill Hall. Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
8 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw. Exhibition Reviews Due
9 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
10 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
11 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw.
12 Continue internship at your respective cultural institution. 10 hrs pw. Meet for review. Major Essay Due.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
15 minute floor talk and a written paper of 1500 words 20 % 1,2,3
Extended label and caption of 200 words 10 % 1,2,4
Exhibition Review of 1000 words 20 % 1,2,5
Research Essay 3000 words 50 % 1,2,6

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

15 minute floor talk and a written paper of 1500 words

The intern is to prepare a floor talk on an object in the collection, for a general audience lasting approximately 15 minutes with a follow on question time of up to 5 minutes, should questions arise. The talk is presented to an audience, which may include the Supervisor, interested members of the staff of the institution, the internship Coordinator, and your peer students in the Internship Group

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Extended label and caption of 200 words

The intern will prepare an extended label for an object on exhibition of an appropriate length and pitched at a general audience.

Note: no referencing is required for the label.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Exhibition Review of 1000 words

The intern will write a critical art review pitched for a particular art magazine or art journal or newspaper as discussed with the convenor. This should be referenced using Chicago style (refer to wattle website).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6

Research Essay 3000 words

Select a topic of current interest to curators and art museum professionals. Check topic with Dr Sarah Scott. The essay counts for 50%of the assessment in this unit. Submissions after the submission date attract a 5% per day penalty. Submissions must be made via Wattle.

The essay should be accompanied by full scholarly apparatus including notes and bibliography, and demonstrate an awareness of current literature in the field. Books, periodicals and scholarly on-line resources will be a good source of ideas and information. Students may wish to relate the experience of their host institutions to the broader context, although it is not mandatory to focus on contemporary issues related to your host institution.*Note that students should devise essay topics of their own choice, which explore art museum issues of their interest. In each instance, the intern should discuss the essay topic with the Internship Coordinator and advise their internship supervisor early in the second semester of this essay, in case they have suggestions that may inspire the work further. See wattle for example topics and rubric.

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


Late Submission

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

  • 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

Assignments will be submitted via turnitin.

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

Please consult convenor.

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

Art Patronage, Australian Art Abroad, Exhibition History, First Nations Art and Culture

Dr Sarah Scott

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Dr Sarah Scott

Research Interests

Dr Sarah Scott

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