Course code AART3130Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Presents an examination of the role of museums, galleries, public and commercial arts funding structures and how they interact with, and impact on, professional visual arts practice in Australia.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will:
(1) Acquire knowledge of the history and role of museums: including architectural, educational, curatorial, economic and conservation aspects;
(2) Become literate in the fundamental commercial, administrative and legal operational principles governing museums, galleries and arts funding bodies to a level appropriate for a visual artist;
(3) Gain practical skills and knowledge related to the mechanics of acquisitions and display of art objects in a museum/gallery environment;
(4) Develop the ability to identify problem areas associated with the sale and marketing of artwork, gaining experience in problem solving and decision making;
(5) Critically evaluate alternatives to conventional exhibition, display and marketing options currently available to the visual artist.
ContentThe following broad themes or topics will be developed:
1. History of the Museum., Collectors and Cabinets of Curiosities.
2. Exhibiting Cultures
3. The Practicalities of Display
4. Curating an Exhibition
5. The Structure of the Gallery System in Australia
6. The Artist as a Small Business
7. Grants, Prizes and Awards
8. Museums, Art and the Web
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of minimum 20 units of 1000 level courses in Art Theory, History, Writing, English or related disciplines.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor written project (2,000 words min)
PracticalCatalogue worksheet
PracticalSet of exhibition labels
Exhibition proposal
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AART3130