Course Title: Gallery and Museum Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gallery and Museum Management

Credit Points: 24

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 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Rose Lang

Course Coordinator Phone: 0407 532 032

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

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.

Please note that this course is not designed to provide a step-by-step vocational study of curatorial or museum practices, nor is its focus intensely theoretical. Due to the existence of well-established courses that do both these things elsewhere, its relative brevity and past student feedback, the focus of this course is on providing access to and opportunities to learn from the direct experiences of high-level industry professionals, leading students to develop or further develop professional overviews and career-building strategies as well as creative and critical thinking skills. Many sessions are held in museums and galleries to give students an understanding of the varied contexts in which professionals works with art and other objects.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will provide opportunities for you to graduate with the following capabilities:

  1. Knowledge capability
  2. Critical analysis, problem solving and reflection
  3. Communication
  4. Personal and professional awareness and commitment

Overall it is the intention to provide an opportunity for students to learn from the direct experiences of high-level industry professionals, and from that to further develop independent and creative thinking skills.

• Demonstrate an understanding of visual arts infrastructure and different museum and gallery types, their roles and contexts in the public and private spheres;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the major issues relating to gallery and museum management;
• Demonstrate knowledge of the roles industry professionals - including artists - play in visual arts structures;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which visual arts organisations develop and apply policy;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth and form of the gallery and museum management sector;
• Develop more specialised knowledge about self-selected areas of study in any year


Overview of Learning Activities

The student will be presented with a number of industry based professionals working in galleries, museums and the broader art industry. They will be exposed to a range of art industry work places and environments.

Overview of Learning Resources

• The nature of the research students will be undertaking in this course means traditional monograph and serial information sources may not always be available.

• Students are strongly encouraged to enquire about access to the publications and/or archives of relevant organizations and to use the web as a research tool.

• E-journals such as Art-Agenda and on-line bulletins such as e-Flux may also be valuable. Students are strongly encouraged to ensure that their bibliographic referencing of such electronic resources is in the correct format.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment structure of the Gallery and Museum Management course better reflects its strong experiential focus. Students will be assessed on a major essay and a class paper with a written component for presentation in class.

The assessment will also include consideration of attendance. Students are expected to be present at all classes. The introductory session is especially important and non-attendance may adversely affect a student’s ability to meet the standards of the subject. Unavoidable absences should be discussed with the lecturer in advance.