Course Title: Gallery and Museum Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gallery and Museum Management

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2007


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Professor David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 24.2

Course Coordinator Availability: via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course is delivered online with lectures, tutorials and presentations.

This course will help you pursue a career in gallery or museum management in the cultural and creative industries. It is designed to provide you with an understanding of 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.

You will explore the range of career choices in the gallery and museum management sector to build independent research, critical thinking and problem solving skills. The focus of the course is to provide you with access to, and opportunities to learn from, the direct experiences of high-level industry professionals. This course will help you to develop or further develop professional overviews and career-building strategies. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Attain appropriate and relevant arts management knowledge, with the ability to critique, use and apply that knowledge across a range of situations, enabling effective judgements in dealing with new an emerging issues in the field
  • Carry our self-directed learning and independent research to develop your individual arts management practice and locate your work globally within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context
  • Demonstrate the skills of research, analysis and presentation within professional and academic fields
  • Engage critically in theoretical, historical, social, legal, environmental and cultural contexts with reference to the arts management industry context

 Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Deploy an overview of gallery and museum infrastructure in the context of contemporary change, philosophical principles, governance structures and funding concerns
  2. Research, analyse and evaluate the contemporary and historical forces that shape opportunities and challenges for galleries and museums
  3. Apply a critical perspective to the depth and diversity of roles within the cultural and creative industries including that of creative practitioners
  4. Develop career-building strategies via access to our network of high-level industry professionals and their career insights


Overview of Learning Activities

Classes are designed to be a safe and open forum for the discussion of ideas, dilemmas, challenges and opportunities. Classes cater for all levels of experience and are a place for constructive critique, group and individual learning. Mutual support, sharing of knowledge and full participation is strongly encouraged. You will require: independent research skills including the ability to find references beyond the reading provided as well as the ability to use RMIT library and online databases; established writing skills including an understanding of different genres within formal academic writing and the ability to cite references according to required styles (e.g. APA, Harvard); a confident ability to uphold the values of academic integrity and avoid plagiarism; critical and creative thinking skills; problem-solving skills; verbal presentation abilities; and the ability to work productively within a team.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Gallery and Museum Management students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing t

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Grazyna Rosinska A detailed reference list is also provided to you on the Learning Management System (LMS). Speakers may provide you with references and your lecturer may set reading for seminars. Course-connected skill development classes and tutorials are available to you if you need them.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include professional development material/exercises, oral presentations, essays, project proposals.

1. Task 1 Museums and Galleries – venue evaluation20% 1500 words LO5, LO6, LO8

   Due: Thursday 12 August 2021

2. Task 2 The Exhibition 30% Presentation LO1, LO6, LO8

   Due: 15 October 2021

3. Task 3 The Roles of Galleries and Museums  50%. 3500 words. LO2, LO4, LO8

  Due: 21 October 2021

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: