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This subject will introduce students to the theory and practice of collection management as applied to collections of visual cultural material, with emphasis on works of art. This can range from wider debates regarding significance, ‘canons’ of art history and the impact of new technologies to specific skills associated with accessioning and de-accessioning, cataloguing systems, and collection policies. The subject will be taught in collaboration with the staff of the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have an understanding of the key issues in current debates regarding collection management and collection development; the ethical issues raised by de-accessioning; collections and sustainability;
- have an understanding of knowledge and skills relating to collection management practices, ranging from accessioning and de-accessioning works of art to provenance surveys, etc;
- have an understanding of knowledge and skills relating to cataloguing, significance assessments and other collection management tools; and
- gain an understanding of the types of institutions and organisations that acquire collections of art and visual culture and their varying requirements.
At the completion of this subject, students 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.
Last updated: 2 December 2019