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VSA3003 Gallery Studies 4

Semester 2, 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 gain an advanced understanding and acquire a professional profile within the Gallery/Museum sector. This course will further emphasise (from Gallery Studies 3) the importance of experience and expertise in relation to promoting the curator as entrepreneur. Through this course students will gain professional experience and knowledge within the arts industry which will aid them in developing self-directed future projects. This is the final of 4 gallery studies courses offered and this course enables students to acquire advanced skills and knowledge that they will be able to use professionally in the arts industry.

In Gallery Studies 4 students will explore the role of a self-directed or independent curator; this will include the role of ethics in regards professional conduct as well as the conceptual, cultural and community aspects of these professional outcomes. Students will be expected to show a high degree of self-motivation in the research and practice undertaken.
This is the fourth of four courses, in which students will fully develop and realise a complex project and resolve the project in a professional manner.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. critically examine the different modes and practises of the Museum and Gallery sector;
  2. pursue highly relevant, independent, focused research interest and evaluate the critical relevance and potential implications of materials;
  3. initiate and successfully complete complex projects and apply a range of highly developed skills to practical problems and people management issues;
  4. present a written argument and analysis that engages with contemporary critical thought which is structured logically and strongly evidence-based;
  5. show leadership, professionalism and the ability to take direction and work with others in the pursuit of independent goals;
  6. display ethical behaviour that is consistent and equal to industry standards in the Museum/Gallery sector and understand various professional standards.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Who is an entrepreneur in the visual arts? 12.50
2. Working as a team; collectives, projects and collaborations 12.50
3. Self-promotion 12.50
4. Sales, funding and money 12.50
5. Managing artist relationships and the necessary paperwork 12.50
6. The shift and importance of scale in galleries; art fairs, big galleries and the independents 12.50
7. Dealing with the public 12.50
8. How to be relevant; community and/or contemporary roles 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

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Planning document No 30 2,4
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 40 1,2,4
Assignments Written Essay No 30 3,5,6
Date printed 30 June 2022