AHT2722 - Curating: Practices - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Rex Butler


Ms Rosemary Forde

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)



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




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 one or several acts of curation that need not 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 form of the exhibition and the student's ability to explain and justify this curation. These exhibitions can take place in a variety of public spaces, including online. Classes will consist of 3 contact hours in which the lecturer will work with the students, and the students along with the lecturer will hold "crit" sessions in which proposed and upcoming exhibitions are discussed and workshopped.


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

  1. demonstrate practical and theoretical skills in contemporary curating;
  2. put on an actual or online curated exhibition;
  3. work with others in putting on such a curated exhibition;
  4. evaluate the success or not of their own and others' exhibitions;
  5. be ready to start curating exhibitions.


Presentation of a planned exhibition during class "crit" session (20%)

The putting on, in practice or online, of end-of-semester exhibition different from that presented in class for assessment (40%)

2000 word essay explaining and justifying this end-of-semester exhibition, drawing upon historical and theoretical sources (20%)

Workload requirements

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

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