Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


This Honours unit provides a unique opportunity to apply and further develop your knowledge and professional skills through experiential learning in an art gallery, museum, or art centre. Working closely with the unit coordinator to secure a placement, and then with a nominated mentor from the host institution, you will be immersed in the day-to-day operations of collecting institutions or art centres. Whilst the exact nature of your placement activities will vary according to the type of institution, you will be able to pursue your individual interests by working either on a focus project such as an exhibition, or by working across a range of gallery practices such as registration, object-based research, cataloguing and archiving, or educational/public programming.

A number of placements in remote or regional art centres may be available each year, with additional support (including limited financial support) available to students accepted into these placements. Please contact the unit coordinator to discuss opportunities and funding available for this year.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their studies in a professional setting; (2) demonstrate a high level of initiative and the ability to work independently as required; and (3) critically reflect on their professional experience and learning in the placement.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) placement proposal; (2) reflective report; and (3) exit interview. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clarissa Ball
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-HYART History of Art and permission from the unit coordinator
Contact hours
150 hours in total (including placement hours, pre- and post-placement activities, and assessment time)
Exact placement hours vary according to each student's specific placement. The average placement is approximately 120 hours.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.