ARTF2000 Curatorial Practices

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit examines the principles, methods, and applications of curatorial practice. Practical skills such as marketing, budgeting, grant writing and information distribution will be developed and the roles of sponsorship, philanthropy and exhibition coordination will be examined. Key themes include the roles and responsibilities of institutional-based gallery exhibitions, the use of alternative and non-gallery based exhibition spaces, exhibition design, and the dynamics and social relations that shape the context of curatorial practice. Students are given an opportunity to discuss emergent issues, explore practical methods, grapple with theoretical problems and form arguments through written and applied research. This unit will be partly taught in art organisations within the museum and gallery sector so that students can acquire an experiential grounding in the processes and practices of curating with particular reference to the Australian context. Curatorial Practice is a core unit for students enrolled in the Fine Arts Major.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate creative and analytical skills and a knowledge of forms, materials and technologies to realise an exhibition design proposal; (2) discuss the range of display conventions used in contemporary culture, and the reasons for their use in different contexts; (3) discuss the processes involved in staging an art exhibition or art event; (4) apply interdisciplinary problem-solving skills as they relate to exhibition development; and (5) communicate information, ideas and proposals effectively in written and oral modes.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work; (2) exhibition or event proposal; and (3) oral presentation(s). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Sarah Douglas
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
VISA2051 Curatorial Practices
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week.
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