Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art


Dr Daniel Palmer


Not offered in 2016


This unit is designed to assist students specialising in art history and curating to extend their field of study with practical art writing and curatorial experience. A program of directed reading and critical writing, facilitated by regular meetings with staff, will underpin a research project designed to allow students to apply the knowledge they have learnt throughout the degree. Typically, this project will include an exhibition catalogue essay and the curating of an exhibition.


  1. demonstrate evidence of extensive research and independent, critical thinking
  2. appreciate the catalogue essay as a genre of writing, with the unique cultural and practical contingencies acting upon it, and understand the variety of art writing which it comprises
  3. consolidate their understanding of the role of the curator as having a creative part in the production, mediation and dissemination of contemporary art
  4. have developed their ability to think creatively and express their ideas clearly in written communication


Written exercise (1500 words) 40%
Research project (2500 words) 60%

Workload requirements

12 Hours per week including; 3 contact hours and 9 hours independent study or equivalent.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Must have passed 96 credit points towards the BFA Art History and Curating