• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • 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
    • Prof Laurajane Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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:

  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; and
  4. contribute to the design of exhibitions for a diverse range of venues (which may include traveling and online exhibitions) and audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In person: (null) [LO null]
  2. Team Exhibition (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Text panels & catalogue essay, 2500 words (25) [LO 1]
  4. Final Exhibition (individual) (50) [LO 1,3,4]
  5. Oral presentation, 10 min (10) [LO 1]
  6. Online Students: (null) [LO null]
  7. Visualisation of design, online presentation, equivalent to 2000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  8. Text panels & catalogue essay, 3000 words (40) [LO 1]
  9. Oral presentation, 10 min (10) [LO 1]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

na

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)

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

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5790 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A
5791 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View

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