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Art Museums and Curatorship (ACUR90002)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeACUR90002
Semester 1
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This subject provides an introduction to current trends in international museology focussing on issues relating to museum management, public access, the role of education and the range of funding sources. The subject also provides an overview of recent cultural policy and investigates the role of professional networks and government organisations in the museum sector. Issues relevant to art museum management and curatorship in Australia - ranging from corporate sponsorship to community consultation - will be critically examined.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a good understanding of the role of the visual arts in Australia as reflected by professional networks, funding bodies and government departments/agencies at national, state and local level;
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the current discourse associated with issues of museum management, access, education, and funding within art museums and cultural institutions; and
  • demonstrate a knowledge of professional practice and performance in the museum sector, and current issues relating to governance, ethics and accountability.

Generic skills

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

  • 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;
  • conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
  • participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Last updated: 3 April 2019