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This subject will introduce students to a range of organisations whose functions encompass the promotion, collection and presentation of contemporary visual culture. This is an industry-focussed subject where representatives of local and national arts organisations offer students direct insight into their role and strategic direction. Representatives will include directors and executives from various industry bodies including government agencies, state institutions, regional organisations, contemporary spaces, commercial entities and professional associations (such as Australia Council, Arts Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Museum of Victoria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Melbourne International Film Festival, Village Roadshow, Sotheby’s Australia, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and Cinema Nova, among others). Students will study the history and development of these industry bodies as well as their social and cultural impact. They will explore such areas as governance, funding, sponsorship, philanthropy, policy formation, administration, collecting, curating, programming and audience research. Emphasis will be on the aims and goals of these bodies, the extent to which they fulfill community needs and the degree to which they promote the arts. External constraints such as censorship, government policy and community response will also be considered.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be familiar with the scope and function of various arts culture bodies, industries and non profit organisations in the arts community;
- be able to recognise the internal and external constraints that affect the workings of a range of arts culture bodies and how key professionals deal with issues specific to the industry;
- have an understanding of the complex relationships that exist between cultural organisations, industry bodies and community needs;
- gain an understanding of how to engage with a diverse range of arts practices and to measure their impact on different audiences; and
- have been introduced to the necessary skills and knowledge required to take up professional work with one of these bodies.
At the completion of this subject, student should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to demonstrate an advanced development of research skills;
- be able to define areas of inquiry and create relevant methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to demonstrate highly developed skills in presentations;
- to be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and seminar discussion; and
- be able to participate productively in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Last updated: 11 February 2021