Course Title: Develop exhibition concepts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: LIBR5022C

Course Title: Develop exhibition concepts

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5382 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

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Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No Pre-requisites needed for this unit.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore potential themes and storylines to inform the overall development of exhibition concepts.

It applies to individuals who explore and develop concepts and ideas for a cultural exhibition, who work autonomously, but in consultation and collaboration with others.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLIB504 Develop exhibition concepts


1 Establish purpose and objectives of exhibitions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research characteristics of potential audiences for exhibitions

1.2 Confirm purpose, scope and objectives of exhibitions in consultation with stakeholders

1.3 Develop broad parameters for content, based on objectives, audience needs, community feedback, and collection and organisational parameters


2 Research exhibition concepts

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research historical, cultural and other influences that impact concept development

2.2 Undertake critical analysis of sources and references to inform concept development

2.3 Identify and source appropriate specialists for assistance

2.4 Explore and adapt relevant ideas from other practitioners or exhibitions with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright


3 Develop and propose concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use information collected to develop and expand ideas and concepts

3.2 Test own ideas and approaches against purpose and objectives of exhibitions, as well as ideas from colleagues

3.3 Prepare concept proposals in appropriate format

3.4 Gain required approvals

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course we will be developing your skills specific to working within the area Exhibition Design. Broadly speaking exhibition design can be divided into two areas - Trade (commercial) and Interpretation (collections based).

You will undertake 3 tasks in the course. Each task will provide insight into the necessary sequence or process that an exhibition concept moves through before being realised and the various skills an exhibition designer needs.

Alongside definite skills like concept, design development and documentation skills there are other skills you will be learning like working with space, introduced structure, working in a team structure, detailing, organising etc.

Teaching Schedule

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will need to refer to CANVAS as teaching resources may vary according to teaching schedule and task requirements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include developing work for your graduate exhibition. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

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