• Class Number 2673
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sarah Scott
    • Dr Sarah Scott
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This internship with available arts cultural institutions in the ACT is a prestigious and demanding program, in which the internship convenor places Art History and Curatorship Honours students. The internship is designed to provide the student with practical insights into the activities and the workings of an art museum or art gallery. The specific nature of the contact work will depend on the requirements of the art museum specialist supervisor, who may include curators, research program managers, registrars, art educators and learning and access programmers. The internship aims to provide 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 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 with 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

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

Commonwealth supported students and domestic full-fee paying students generally must be able to complete the requirements of their program of study without the imposition of fees that are additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees.

Provided that its payment is in accordance with the Act, a fee is of a kind that is into any one or more of the following categories:

(a)    It is a charge for a good or service that is not essential to the course of study.

(b)    It is a charge for an alternative form, or alternative forms, of access to a good or service that is an essential component of the course of study but is otherwise made readily available at no additional fee by the higher education provider.

(c)    It is a charge for an essential good or service that the student has the choice of acquiring from a supplier other than the higher education provider and is for:

(i)   equipment or items which become the physical property of the student and are not consumed during the course of study; or

(ii)  food, transport and accommodation costs associated with the provision of field trips that form part of the course of study.

(d)    It is a fine or a penalty provided it is imposed principally as a disincentive and not in order to raise revenue or cover administrative costs.

Access to computers, public galleries, libraries, and archives

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


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. 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Internship Meeting Number One. Specific discussion of the Internship: Collections course and outlining of dates for meetings. 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution. Ongoing: Not graded-satisfactory attendance and participation required for completion of the course with feedback evaluation at the end of the internship. Internship meetings during semester: Mandatory attendance
2 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution
3 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution.
4 Internship Meeting Number Two. Discussion concerning internship, supervision and acquisition proposal project and reflective journal. 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution.
5 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution.
6 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution.
7 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution
8 Internship Meeting Number Three 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution
9 Presentation Days For Students: Proposals 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution
10 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution. Proposals Due 15 May
11 10 hours internship at your respective cultural institution.
12 Final Meeting re: Final assignment, Review Semester and catch up Final Assignment Due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes

* 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.


Ongoing: Not graded-satisfactory attendance and participation required for completion of the course with feedback evaluation at the end of the internship.

Internship meetings during semester: Mandatory attendance



Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


1/ Continue working on a hypothetical acquisition/ exhibition proposal for your internship placement at a cultural institution according to the guidelines of their acquisition policy and the criteria and rubrics outlined for this exercise in the course outline. 


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 proposal may depend on the internship placement. The 2000 word completed submitted 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.     Expectations 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. 


2/ Evaluate the collection policy of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and work on a hypothetical proposal related to the acquisition of an art object for the Drill Hall Gallery using the criteria and rubrics outlined for this exercise in the course outline. Below are the links to the Drill Hall Gallery’s procedure; and the link to its art collection policy. ( I will also put these on the course Wattle page as Pdfs for you)


Procedure: ANU art collection and Drill Hall Gallery


Policy: ANU art collection



3/ Propose a public sculpture commission in line with the ANU master plan and existing public sculpture collection. Identify location and siting for the sculpture within the University campus and research artist and artists’ works who have engaged with public sculpture commissions in public spaces, or within the ANU environment. Consider this also in relation to works within the ANU sculpture walk. How may the work compliment or differ? Research and select your commissioned artist and write a brief, including why the artist was chosen. What is the aesthetic, environmental ambience and concept you want to convey through the commission. Consider the materials, and dimensions and support. Was community consultation necessary and with whom and why? Consider costings and logistics of making the work and its site installation. Thinking both practicably and creatively adopt rubric headings for your criteria accordingly in the submitted proposal. 


Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


1/ If feasible, reflect on your experiences to date and ongoing as per the original assessment task of the reflective diary.




2/ Consider reflectively on the exhibition strategies of three cultural institutions in the ACT in their respective presentation and interpretation of a medium of your interest and choice. For instance, how does the War Memorial or the National Museum or the NGA present in an exhibition area, Chinese art or material culture (or Australian prints, or paintings, or photographs or decorative arts and design of a specific period of your choice). Consider reflectively how and why the cultural institutions might present these differently and for what reason, in consideration of their organisational mission and collection and exhibition communication strategies ( and policies, where relevant). 


3/ Write up a reflective analysis of the way three cultural institutions  (national and international) with a strong web presence present their respective online collections as a user friendly resource.  How is the collection material presented and organised, on the page. What is the information provided about the art object and is it expressed clearly?  Is the object sufficiently illustrated and catalogued, provide acquisition and/or provenance details and exhibition and publication history. Is it clear how it may relate to other objects in the respective gallery’s collection and if so how does the site do this for users? 





Notate on a weekly basis a reflective assessment of your experiences and learning at the cultural institution with which you are interning. Note the date, and think critically so you can self-evaluate and self-assess these learning experiences and also your ‘on-the-job’ observations and interactions with other peoples. Towards the end of the semester, muster these reflective notations into a journal format ( you can use some illustrations if you wish to illustrate some points of learning or experiences, but this is not essential) and edit it accordingly, so it is a dated and organised piece of writing about your semester internship Use a brief Introduction and Conclusion to set the scene and to sum up.

Assessment criteria for acquisition proposal include confidence in delivery; well organised and structured material; research skills and comparative analysis according to the break down above. These criteria are also discussed in our meetings. Subheadings are recommended.  Footnotes or endnotes are not required unless you are quoting from a source. If you refer to exhibition catalogues, books, websites, archives, or documented opinions then place these in an organised, Chicago style bibliography, which is not included in the word count.

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


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


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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 Sarah Scott

Research Interests

Australian Modernist Art and its representation, Art Patronage, Australian First Nations Art and culture and Cross Currents between non-Indigenous and First Nations Art.

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