Postgraduate electives

The school of art is now offering a range of postgraduate electives.

Each course is worth 24 credit points, please get approval from your home school before enrolling into any elective.

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Electives available

Semester 1, 2015

VART2965 – Professional Practice Advanced Seminars
2 week intensive in June. In this course you will critically engage with professional art practice in the context of current discourse and cultural production. Drawing on expertise from arts industry professionals including practicing artists, curators, gallerists (including public, commercial and artist-run initiatives), theorists, critics and gallery administrators, this Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, studio visits and field trips. This course examines various spheres of contemporary art and your evolving relationship to professional art practice.

PERF1029 – Cultural Policy and Practice
The course will entail a study of arts and cultural policies implemented in Australia at Federal, State and Local Government levels since 1991. In addition, it will investigate government and non-government agencies with respect to the implementation of government policies. The course will include a practical approach to policy development mechanisms used by governments.

PERF1026 – Community Arts Management
The course will entail an examination of issues concerned with community arts management in Australia. It will provide an overview of relevant management, policy, cultural, and community issues. Students will become acquainted with a range of community arts contexts.

VART3413 – Curating Contemporary Art
In Curating Contemporary Art you will undertake a theoretical and historical examination of the display and reception of contemporary art across different contexts in Australia and overseas. Theoretical studies will be supported by project-based work and give you a sound and practical appreciation of the issues involved in conceptualising, developing and presenting exhibitions, including spatial thinking and planning. The relationship of curating to arts management will also be explored.

Semester 2, 2015

PERF1025 – Arts Management
The course will entail an examination of aspects of arts management with particular reference to arts organisations. This will entail a consideration of current practices in Australia and overseas with respect to economic, political and socio-cultural factors. Students will be introduced to issues relating to resource and fiscal management; policy development and implementation; and entrepreneurship, marketing and communication. Students will meet arts managers who represent a broad spectrum of roles and duties in this field.

PERF1034 – The Law and Arts Management
The course introduces the way the law influences and is influenced by a broad range of arts management practices. Topics canvassed within the course structure include:

  • An introduction to the nature of legal systems and the Australian legal tradition
  • intellectual property creation and management (particularly copyright and indigenous rights)
  • legal structures for arts activities and related governance mechanisms
  • financing and regulation of investment in arts and entertainment
  • artist-gallery agreements, contracts governing commissioning and sale of works of visual art, venue hire agreements, public admission and ticketing
  • occupational health and safety obligations (including risk management and insurance)
  • protection of cultural heritage
  • censorship, privacy, defamation and free speech (including the impact on arts marketing)
  • employment (including employer/employee relations and strategies), industrial issues taxation,
  • dispute resolution mechanisms and strategies.

OTED2104 – Gallery and Museum Management
The course is aimed at graduate students who are considering pursuing a career in gallery or museum management in the visual arts, with a strong focus on contemporary art and the local visual arts context. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of gallery and museum management principles and practices, as well as to create a forum for critical, analysis, debate and discussion, by offering access to the expertise of high-profile industry professionals.

Investigating different career paths, subject areas and professional environments, the course targets both students with nascent careers in the field as well as those with little previous experience. It aims to show the range of career choice in the gallery and museum management sector and to act as a bridging course potentially leading to more sustained and specialised study.