• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Applied exhibition proposal, 2500 words (25) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. Creative written critique exercise, 2000 words (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Public programs proposal, 2000 words (25) [LO 3,4]
  4. Final reflective analysis essay, 1500 words (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  5. Individual participation in course activities (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks, comprising lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and/or peer-to-peer learning sessions; and

b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (BAHCR) and have completed 54 units of Art History (ARTH) courses, or with the permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

All required readings will be made available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended Books:

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

Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell, Museum Activism, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2019.

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 

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)

Assumed Knowledge

Ability to undertake art historical research and visual analysis.


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:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $7920
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $10200
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3792 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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