• 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, Cultural Studies, Museums and Collections
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course provides students of art history and curatorial studies 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 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.

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.

Work Integrated Learning


Students will engage with curatorial operations across art galleries on campus (Drill Hall; School of Art and Design; China in the World; Classics Museum), and off campus (National Gallery, NPG, NLA, CCAS).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Applied exhibition proposal, 1500 words (25) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. Public programs proposal, 1000 words (20) [LO 3,4]
  3. Final reflective analysis essay, 2000 words (45) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Individual participation in course activities  (10) [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.

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

Required readings will be made available via Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended Books:

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

Charles Green and Anthony Gardner, Biennales, Triennials and Documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

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
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Unit value:
6 units

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