Course Title: Arts Business Level 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM5236

Course Title: Arts Business Level 2

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Phillip Allan
Email :

Nominal Hours: 32

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to apply sound business practice within the legal responsibilities of a self employed art practitioner.
Arts Business Practice is a compulsory course within the second year of the program. The course provides a vocational focus on the arts industry and how a self employed visual artist relates to this industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS648 Arts Business Level 2

Learning Outcomes

1. Set up, use and maintain an effective studio for art practice
2. Describe basic provisions of contract law and how artists are affected by contracts and contract law
3. Describe basic provisions of intellectual property and copyright
4. Describe the basic provisions for artists in our taxation system

Details of Learning Activities

Lecture and discussion, guest speakers with Powerpoint presentations and DVDs

Teaching Schedule

Week 1                Introduction / Social History of the Artist / After Art School
Week 2                ’Original Schtick’ Documentary
Week 3                Exhibition Proposals and Writing a CV
Week 4                Photographing your work
Week 5                Setting up a Studio / What is a Professional Artist
Week 6                Legal Identity / Contracts
Week 7                Copyright / Moral Rights
Week 8                Taxation
Week 9                The Artist Today
Week 10              Visual Arts Organisations
Week 11              Galleries / Commissions
Week 12              The Artist Gallery Relationship
Week 13              Speaker
Week 14              Grants and Other Awards
Week 15              Promotion of your work
Week 16              Art forgeries
Week 17              Submission of Assignments
Week 18              Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Grant, Daniel                                               ‘The Business of being an Artist
Simpson, Shane                                          ‘The Visual Arts and the Law’
Stokes, James F.                                         ‘Earning a Living in the Visual Arts & Crafts in Australia’.

Web Sights:
Arts Victoria                                        
Arts Hub Australia                              
Arts Law Centre of Aust.                    
Australia Council                                
Australian Business Arts Foundation,The
Australian Commercial Galleries Assoc.
Australian Copyright  Council             
Craft Australia                                        
(National Association for the Visual Arts)

Overview of Assessment

Research on exhibition spaces in Melbourne catering for emerging artists

Assessment Tasks

Arts Business Practice L2 : Artist Run Spaces assignment
Arts Business Practice L3 : Writing an Exhibition Proposal

Assessment Matrix

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