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VSA3002 Gallery Studies 3

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Gallery Studies 3
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
ASCED code : 100399 - Visual Arts and Crafts n.e.c.
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: David Usher


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.


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

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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.
Belting, H, Buddensieg, A & Weibel, P 2013, The global contemporary and the rise of new art worlds, MIT Press, Cambridge.
Marincola, P 2007, What makes a great exhibition?, Reaktion Books, London.
McEvilley, T & O'Doherty, P 1999, Inside the white cube: the ideology of the gallery space, University of California Press, Berkeley.
Messias-Carbonell, B 2012, Museum studies: an anthology of contexts, 2nd edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 40 12 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 60 31 May 2021

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.

Date printed 18 June 2021