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VSA3002 Gallery Studies 3

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Daniel Elborne


Pre-requisite: VSA2006 and VSA2007


In this course students will develop an advanced knowledge of skills and research that is concerned with professional curatorial practices. In this course students will develop an advanced understanding of gallery and museum curatorial practices. Through the research students will be able to recognise the varied programs and exhibitions presented within a range of gallery and museums regionally, nationally and internationally. Various professionals will be analysed as they represent the varied approaches to curating. This course emphasises the importance of experience and expertise related to professional curatorial practices and this will demonstrate professional career opportunities for students within the arts industry.

In this course students will explore the role of the professional curator; this will include physical, ethical, conceptual and cultural issues that are inherent to the role. Students will undertake research that will develop an advanced understanding of various gallery and museum curatorial practices. Within this course students will be able to undertake an internship with a recognised gallery or museum space (in consultation with the course lecturer) that will give students practical industry experience. The aim of this course is for students to build on the research and knowledge gained in Gallery Studies 1 & 2 and to apply this in a practical setting through the internship. This internship can either be for 1 semester or may go for the entire year. The venues for the internships will be organised in consultation with the course lecturer.
Students will be encouraged to visit relevant Artist Run Initiatives (ARI), gallery and museum spaces and attend presentations by professionals as a way of understanding the various approaches to professional curatorial practices.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. examine activities of the complex modes and practises of the professional role of the curator in Museum and Gallery sector;
  2. pursue relevant research and independently evaluate the relevance of materials that relates to professional curatorial practices;
  3. apply high level professional and curatorial skills, such as application writing, collection management, display and handling of artworks;
  4. present a sophisticated written argument and analysis that is both logical and coherent, and displays insight and criticality;
  5. shows initiative, professionalism, leadership and a capacity to work well with others;
  6. critically reflect on the social, cultural and ethical issues involved in the Museum/Gallery as they pertain to a professional curator.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Define the roles of a curator 12.50
2. The role of the curator as expert 12.50
3. Developing projects and working to a brief 12.50
4. Grant writing and planning 12.50
5. The design and logistics of exhibitions 12.50
6. The rock star; curators and biennales 12.50
7. The artist as curator 12.50
8. Curator: protagonist or fashionista? 12.50

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no specific texts or materials required for this course. Students are required to research and utilise various sources and materials as a way of demonstrating the outcomes of their arts practice. The list of reference materials below will assist with answering all assignments as well as developing research related to studios.

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

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 30 June 2022