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VSA3003 Gallery Studies 4

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Gallery Studies 4
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100300 - Visual Arts and Crafts
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Simon Mee


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.


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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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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.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Anderson, G 2012, Reinventing the museum: the evolving conversation on the paradigm shift, 2nd edn, AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.
Karp, P, Lavine, I & Lavine, SD 1991, Exhibiting cultures: the poetics and politics of museum display, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC & London.
Messias-Carbonell, B 2012, Museum studies: an anthology of contexts, 2nd edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken.
O'Neill, P 2012, The culture of curating and the curating of culture(s), MIT Press, Cambridge.
Weil, SE 2002, Making museums matter, Smithsonian Books, Washington DC & London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 24.00
Independent Study 141.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 19 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 70 28 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance requirements: Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.