Course Title: Conceive, develop and realise exhibition designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LIBR5011C

Course Title: Conceive, develop and realise exhibition designs

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Carolyn Eskdale - City campus
carolyn.eskdale@rmit.edu.au

Sharon West - Bundoora campus
sharon.west@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake the complete exhibition design process, from initial conception of ideas to the final realisation of the design. In this course, you will learn how to prepare, develop and realise small exhibitions in response to a conceptual brief. Students are introduced to the practical aspects of designing a collaborative exhibition. You are encouraged to question the role of artist as curator and are required to underpin their exhibition design with strong conceptual/theoretical content.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CULMS008B Conceive, develop and realise exhibition designs

Element:

Conduct and evaluate research  

Performance Criteria:

1 Assess the material to be exhibited in relation to the development of the design .
2 Identify and source references which may inform the design process
3 Critically analyse sources and references in the context of the current design project
4 Consider the impacts and potential of new and emerging technologies to inform the design
5 Collect, collate and adapt materials to develop initial design concepts

Element:

Liaise with others to implement exhibition construction 

Performance Criteria:

1 Liaise with relevant personnel to ensure that all exhibition production, occupational and public health and safety legislative requirements are met, quality standards are adhered to and work is undertaken within item, budget and technical constraints
2 Participate in ongoing production meetings and evaluation of the exhibition design
3 Ensure that any design modifications are agreed, noted and acted upon
4 Inform relevant personnel of design changes
5 Update any required documentation and record and file according to organisational requirements 

Element:

Communicate design ideas and make amendments 

Performance Criteria:

1 Present draft exhibition plans and specifications to relevant colleagues in an appropriate format
2 Participate in the initial and ongoing evaluation of the presented designs
3 Negotiate and agree to modifications to the design and undertake any necessary amendments
4 Agree to the final designs and produce accurate and comprehensive documentation to support implementation
5 Present final designs, plans and specifications to all relevant personnel and confirm requirements have been met

Element:

Develop and document the design 

Performance Criteria:

1 Hold ongoing discussions with relevant personnel so that additional or changed requirements and new ideas are considered and incorporated during the development of the design
2 Ensure that agreement is reached with relevant personnel in relation to consistent artistic interpretation
3 Evaluate initial concepts and select the most appropriate approach, giving consideration to budget, research findings and ongoing reflection/discussion
4 Develop the exhibition designs from the initial concepts ensuring:
4.1 consistency with the exhibition concept
4.2 collection needs are taken into account
4.3 research findings are incorporated
4.4 ideas are technically feasible and demonstrate awareness of parameters and resource constraints
4.5 ideas demonstrate effective use of materials
4.6 integration of universal access principles
5 Organise or undertake testing and experimentation with selected exhibition design
6 Develop accurate records of the design, including all relevant information

Element:

Generate and assess ideas 

Performance Criteria:

1 Generate a range of ideas for the design which respond sympathetically to the brief and provide creative solutions to technical issues
2 Discuss ideas and collaborate with relevant personnel to ensure contribution of ideas to the initial concept
3 Continuously reflect on and appraise ideas for implications on cost and time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet the brief 

Element:

Interpret the Brief 

Performance Criteria:

1 Analyse the brief to determine overall exhibition concepts
2 Participate in preliminary concept meetings with appropriate personnel to discuss exhibition requirements
3 Identify all relevant factors which may determine and affect the design
4 Discuss and agree upon the roleoverall exhibition development


Learning Outcomes


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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

This course will be delivered through a series of small group exhibitions. In groups, you will respond to an exhibition brief, or conceptual premise, and after consultation within your group, you will design and install a coherent and conceptually relevant exhibition. the design process will be documented. The exhibition will be peer reviewed and a written evaluation will be made. You will keep an exhibition notebook which will be presented for assessment.


Teaching Schedule

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Week 1: Orientation

 

Week 2: Introduction and Gallery research. Student groups are allocated. Themes are discussed.

 

Week 3: Independent research, students consult with each other and brainstorm ideas for their exhibition. This process is documented. Students work in their studios and consult with lecturer. Exhibition timetable is announced.

 

Week 4: Independent research, students consult with each other and brainstorm ideas for their exhibition. This process is documented. Students work in their studios and consult with lecturer.

 

Week 5: Independent research, students consult with each other and brainstorm ideas for their exhibition. This process is documented. Students work in their studios and consult with lecturer.

 

Week 6-7: Exhibition. Students are to have their exhibition installed by 4pm Monday of each week. De-installation is to take place on the Thursday of each week. Exhibiting students are to be considerate of the needs of the next group using the exhibition space.

 

Week 8: Guest Speaker: ACMI Curator Emma McRae (TBC) 

 

Week 9-16: Exhibition practice - installing and de-installation

 

Week 17 -18: Assessment

Please note that the weekly time frame indicated above may alter due to group needs, supplies or the schedule of guest speakers. Staff will endeavour to give students ample warning of alterations. Please also check noticeboards each week for any announcements.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

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SUGGESTED READING

 

A Brief History of Curating (Documents)

Lippard, L (Author),  Obrist H. U. Editor

JRP|Ringier  2008

 

Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space

O’Doherty, B.McEvilley T

University of California Press; 1 edition 2000

 

Thinking About Exhibitions

Ferguson, B.W.

Routledge 1996

 

Exhibition Design

Dernie, D.

W. W. Norton & Company 2006

 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
A range of assessment methods will  be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. Theses assessment methods include:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
  • performance by the candidate
  • evaluation of an exhibition design
  • has been responsible in terms of meeting concept and resource practicality
  • evaluation of reports which demonstrate the processes used in developing and realising the creative concept, including challenges faced and how these were resolved
  • oral or written questioning aimed at evaluating the processes used in developing and realising the creative concept.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers


Assessment Tasks

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Assessment Task 1: Development & Documentation folder    

  • Folder of group idea development notes, research and documentation 
  • DUE: week 16

 

Assessment Task 2: Group Presentation

  • Group presentation of your idea development, research and exhibition realisation 
  • DUE: your group will be allocated a week to present. TBC in the exhibition schedule.

Assessment Task 3: Exhibition Review

  • Participation in group exhibition reviews
  • DUE: each Monday week 7 to week 16 

Assessment will be via the submission of the following items:

DESIGN DOCUMENTATION FOLDER:

All exhibition idea development and design must be documented in the  form of either notes, drawing and photographs. There must be evidence of research.

NOTEBOOK:

In the exhibition notebook students must have a written review of each of the group exhibitions presented throughout the semester. Each review must be a minimum of 300 words.


Assessment Matrix

Assessment taskElementPreformance criteriaRequired skillsRequired knowledgeCritical aspect of evidence
 Development & document folder
1. Interpret the briefs
2. Conduct and evaluate research
3. Generate and assess ideas 

1.1 , 1.3,
2.1, 2.4, 2.5
3.1, 3.3
The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit: 
  • communication, negotiation and leadership skills to collaborate with a wide range of  stakeholders on complex design issues and challenges 
  • creative and critical thinking skills to explore, develop, test and challenge design ideas and concepts 
  • planning and organisational skills to integrate a wide range of conceptual, operational and business factors to realise design implementation
  • problem-solving skills to pro-actively interrogate the quality and effectiveness of ideas  and designs, and to develop creative solutions to complex challenges  
The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit: 
  • role of exhibition design within the overall exhibition development process 
  • exhibition scheduling process and its interrelationship with the design process 
  • role of the exhibition designer, how this may differ depending upon the exhibition, and relationships with other designers and personnel
  • relationship between different design elements within an exhibition
  • copyright, moral rights and intellectual property legislation in relation to exhibition design
  • cultural protocols to be observed in the design process, including those relevant to the exhibition of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander material
Evidence of the following is essential:
  • development and realisation of creative exhibition design concepts which assist in the realisation of the overall exhibition concept and which address operational requirements and constraints
  • effective communication, negotiation and project management skills to facilitate the design process
  • research skills, including creative interpretation and adaption of design concepts.
 
 Group presentation
1. Interpret the briefs
3. Generate and assess ideas 
4. Develop and document the design
5. Communicate design ideas and make
amendments
6. Liaise with others to implement exhibition construction 


 

 

1.2, 1.4
3.4
4.1,4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6
5.3, 5.6
6.1, 6.2, 6.3,.6.4,.6.5
 
  • ethical standards and protocols for designers working in exhibitions including, principles of universal access 
  • formal principles and elements of design and their relevance to exhibition design
  • sources and availability of materials and equipment used for exhibition design and construction
 
 
 Exhibition review
2. Conduct and evaluate research
3. Generate and assess ideas 
5. Communicate design ideas and make
amendments
 2.2, 2.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5
 
  • appropriate materials to use with different collection items and impact of those materials 
  • costing and budgeting techniques for exhibition design
  • communication, negotiation, presentation and project management techniques as  they apply to the design process  
 

Other Information

Feedback
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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