Available in 2018

Course handbook


We will explore the major issues connected to the work of the museum (art, social history and other types) including the history and contemporary practices of museums, the roles of curators, educators, and others, collection management, exhibition planning, basic conservation issues along with site visits to look at behind-the-scenes and to understand how these institutions work.

This course will give an excellent head-start to understanding the work of the museum, the philosophical issues it currently engages with, and gives you practical experience in some essential museum tasks. It is an instance of work-integrated learning (WIL).

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

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


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 60 units at the 1000 level.

Students must have successfully completed 60 units at 1000 level to enrol in this course.

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


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