AHT3722 - Curating: Practices - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Professor Rex Butler

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Curating: Practices is intended as a complement to Curating: Histories and Theories (although the units may be taken in any order). In this unit, students are encouraged to plan and execute one or several acts of curation. Following the practice of contemporary curation, these acts of curation need not necessarily involve works of art. Students may curate photographs, their hobbies, pieces of art writing, their own objects or those of others. However, the emphasis will be on the final "public" (whether in reality or using such technologies as the internet) exhibition of such curation and the student's ability to explain and justify this curation. Students will work with their lecturer throughout the semester to develop this exhibition/series of exhibitions. Classes will consist of 3-hour long seminars in which the lecturer works with the students, and the students along with the lecturer will hold "crit" sessions in which proposed and upcoming exhibitions are discussed and workshopped. As in art-making classes, an end-of-class overall exhibition will be planned, and part of the unit will require students (along with the lecturer) to plan how such an overall exhibition of exhibitions might be conceived, planned and brought to practical realisation. It is even possible that in the medium term, this unit will become responsible for a number of end-of-year and end-of-semester exhibitions around the campus.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate practical and theoretical skills in curating, including the wide range of forms that such "curating" can take today;
  2. undertake an actual "curated" exhibition;
  3. collaborate with others in putting on a curated exhibition;
  4. evaluate the success or not of their own and others' exhibitions.


Exhibition or series of exhibitions (40%)

Essay 2000 words (40%)

Involvement and participation in end-of-semester exhibition (20%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including 3 contact hours and nine hours of independent study or equivalent

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Chief examiner(s)


12 credit points at first year level in Art History & Theory, or Theory of Art & Design, or Visual Culture, or permission from the Unit Coordinator