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Issues in Art Conservation (ACUR90001)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeACUR90001
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the history and theory of the conservation of art objects and collections, with particular reference to Australia. Students will gain a theoretical grounding in issues relating to conservation and an understanding of professional networks and policy developments in art conservation in Australia and internationally. Issues considered will include: the preventative care of art objects, the history of conservation, ethical and theoretical issues raised by cleaning, restoration, and authentication, conservation issues in the display of works of art, and legal issues in conservation.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the history and theory of art conservation, with particular reference to Australia and Southeast Asia;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the professional networks and policy developments in art conservation in Australasia;
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the ethical and theoretical issues raised by the cleaning, restoration, authentication and presentation of works of art; and
  • demonstrate a knowledge of preventive conservation and the conservation requirements for transporting, storing and displaying work of art.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, studnets should gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgments and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • A 2500 word essay (50%), due during semester.
  • A 2500 word examination (50%), due during week following end of SWOT Vac.
  • Hurdle: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAlex Ellem
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours: a 1.5 hour lecture per week and a 1.5 hour seminar per week throughout semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

The tutorial for this subject will be held in Arts West (Object Based Learning)

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    Admission to the Master of Art Curatorship is required.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

Last updated: 26 July 2019