Available in 2017

Course handbook


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

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


The 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

Assumed knowledge

Completion of minimum 20 units of 1000 level courses in Art Theory, History, Writing, English or related disciplines.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Written Assignment: Catalogue worksheet

Proposal / Plan: Set of exhibition labels or exhibition proposal

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course may be offered in a compressed delivery format


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term