• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
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This internship with available arts institutions and professional practitioners in and potentially beyond the ACT is designed to provide the student with practical insights into the activities and the workings of a professional studio practice. The specific nature of the contact work will depend on the requirements of the supervisor, who may include artistic directors, studio managers, professional artists/designers/craftspeople, registrars, art educators and learning and access programmers. The internship aims to provide an opportunity for preparation towards a career in art, craft and design. It is supported by an academic supervisor who is a specialist in the internship area. Enrolment in this course is subject to the approval of the course convenor and an agreed internship placement, negotiated between student, convenor and host organisation.

Where the internship involves travel outside of Canberra (including to other parts of the ACT), students will only be permitted to undertake this internship upon completion of ANU required travel documentation and the approval of all travel documentation by the relevant delegate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Participate in the workings of professsional art, craft and design practice in co-operation with specialist staff.
  2. Work co-operatively and professionally as part of a team, taking a leadership role when required, and constructively contributing to peer learning wherever possible.
  3. Position one's professional practice in a wider disciplinary context, locally and globally;
  4. Reflect critically and productively on the experience in working in professsional art, craft and design practice in co-operation with specialist staff.
  5. Develop workplace-relevant skills and competence in the chosen professional field.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Internship Report (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Group Presentation (30) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Critical Reflection (500 words) (20) [LO 3,4]
  4. Evidence of required competencies (10) [LO 1,2,5]

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Semester delivery:

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 112 hours (16 days) internship placement in an arts and cultural institution in Canberra

b) 18 hours of independent student research, documentation and writing

Inherent Requirements

To take this course, students must secure a placement in an Art & Design workshop or an external organisation before they can be granted permission to enrol in this course:

Workshop placement: Any student can participate in a workshop-based internship, provided they have successfully completed at least 24 units of study of study including at least one course in the workshop of their choice and one of the following Foundation Courses: ARTV1020, ARTV1021, DESA1021, ARTV1034.

External placement: In addition to the above conditions, visual arts students who wish to undertake this course at an external organisation must organise their own placement and then seek course convenor approval. Please email the convenor with the following details.

• the placement organisation

• what you will be doing during your placement

• when and at what frequency the placement will occur

• how it will benefit your study, and

• who will be supervising you

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards an ANU degree and seek permission of the convenor.

You will need to contact the School of Art and Design to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

As published on Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Michael Petry, the Art of Not Making, Thames and Hudson 2012

Julia Bryan-Wilson and Glenn Adamson, Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing, Thames and Hudson 2016


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:
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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4544 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5264 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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