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VIS2202 Curatorial and Cultural Management

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Tarn McLean


Professional artists need a broad knowledge of museums, commercial galleries, artist-run initiatives and arts business models. The aim of this course is to develop students’ awareness of a variety of arts industry professions and practices that are an extension of artistic practice. This course is an industry development course that will expand the student’s knowledge and skills and personal development in the arts industry through traditional and non-traditional professions, with a focus on managerial skills and entrepreneurship. This is integral to working towards a career in a varied range of art professions.

The course develops the student's awareness and knowledge of the variety of industry activities that are concerned with creative and cultural industries. This course will look at the differences between museums, commercial galleries, artist-run galleries, government arts organisations, public art activities and the types of curatorial, managerial and professional roles these entail. It will discuss the various innovative approaches artists have taken to grow their own small arts businesses through their work expanding in a variety of alternative industry areas. Students will be encouraged to form evidence based decisions of the various approaches to the arts industry through a personalised and entrepreneurial approach.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss the knowledge and skills used by Museums, Galleries and Artist-run Initiatives to curate, install artworks and manage art spaces;
  2. Research various creative employment opportunities in the arts and how these are created, in order to identify and discuss potential career pathways;
  3. Research alternative arts industry professions and how artists have shifted their practices into areas such as design, interior design and marketing/advertising in order to identify broader creative industry pathways;
  4. Present a written argument and analysis that is logical, evidence based and coherent through relevant research;
  5. Discuss basic professional, social, cultural and ethical issues involved in the arts industry sector in written and applied skills.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Knowledge and skills needed to work in or operate a museum, commercial or artist-run space
2. Researching traditional and non-traditional/expanded visual art career paths
3. Professional, social, cultural and ethical issues in the arts industry sector 25.00
4. Artistic Entrepreneurship 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Robertson, McDaniel 2016, Themes of Contemporary Art.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 30 1,2,5
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 40 2,3,4
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 30 1,4,5
Date printed 10 February 2023