Course Title: Select and prepare work for exhibition

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: VART5982C

Course Title: Select and prepare work for exhibition

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

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Nominal Hours: 30

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

The are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge required to select and prepare work for display or exhibition. You will learn essential skills that will underpin your specialisation units while enhancing and supporting your professional development.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCRS11A Select and prepare work for exhibition


1. Select work to submit for exhbition

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access relevant information on the criteria which informs the selection of work
1.2 Correctly interpret information on criteria for display of work
1.3 Identify and clarify any issues surrounding criteria with relevant individuals/organisations
1.4 Select work in accordance with criteria.


2. Organise selected work for exhibition

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Check completeness of work to be displayed and take action when required
2.2 Determine any specific requirements for display of selected work in consultation with relevant individuals or organisations
2.3 Identify relevant steps and processes required to prepare selected work for display
2.4 Prepare work using appropriate techniques or engage the services of others as required
2.5 Provide accurate information on work to relevant individuals/organisations in accordance with requirements
2.6 Submit work to exhibition curator or display organiser within agreed timeframe and in accordance with other agreed requirements
2.7 Provide assistance with installation or hanging as required and in accordance with instructions.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work
  • liaising with exhibition organisers
  • reviewing and assessing criteria for selection of work
  • organising final preparation of work
  • following instructions to hang and/or install and dismantle exhibition
  • calculating qualities of materials
  • adjusting work to meet display requirements
  • using equipment to prepare work.

2. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research.
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Details of Learning Activities

In this subject you will select, prepare and install your own work for exhibition. Working in small groups you will determine the appropriateness of works for exhibition in terms of resolution, concept and installation requirements. The work chosen for exhibition will be resolved work that has been selected as suitable for presentation. High degrees of professionalism in relation to the display and installation of the work will be required to successfully complete this subject.

Selection of works, and preparation for the End of Year exhibition will take place during this class. You will work together to organise the funding, catalogue production and documentation required for the Year 2 Graduation Exhibition.

Upon completion of this Unit you will have gained an understanding of how to select work for exhibition, taking into consideration the work of others with whom you are exhibiting, sensitivity to content and the potential for conceptual dialogue though the careful and considered placement, lighting and groupings of the artworks selected. A range of practical skills will be developed in terms of installing artwork.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1          Introduction to unit. Learning outcomes, course requirements and assessment guidelines are explained.
Week 2          Students work in class on finalising their exhibitions.
Week 3-16     Exhibition calendar. Each week a new exhibition will be installed in Building 66 Studio Gallery.
Week 17-18   Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no specific text resources for this unit, however you are strongly advised to visit as many current exhibitions as possible.

Assessment of this unit requires access to the materials, resources and equipment needed to prepare work for exhibition and to assist to safely hang and/or install and dismantle an exhibition or display.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • evaluation of work prepared for display 
  • questioning and discussion of your intentions
  • written or verbal reports
  • review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment Tasks

The successful installation of the work will form the sole basis for assessment.

Assessment criteria are as follows:

1.    The selected work reflects the exhibition criteria. (Element 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
2.    The work selected for presentation has been appropriately presented (Element 2.1, .2.,.2)
3.    Any specific requirements for the display of the work have been considered and technical assistance sought if required. (Element 2.3,.24)
4.    There is a high level of professionalism evident in the installation of the work selected for exhibition. (Element 2.6)
5.    The work is labeled appropriately. (Element 2.5)

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Evidence Element Essential skills Essential knowledge Critical aspects of assessment 

 1. Select Work to submit for exhibition 1. Exhibition display or presentation contexts relevant to the area of work 1. General knowledge about techniques for display or exhibition relevant to the area of work, e.g. hanging dismantling 1. The selection of work for submission which is consistent with the criteria for the exhibition or display 
  2. Organise selected work for exhibition 2. Literacy skills sufficient to interpret exhibition or display requirements 2. General knowledge of ways in which space is planned for display or exhibition purposes relevant to area of work  2. Work which is ready for exhibition 

 3. General knowledge of the elements and principals of design and their specific application to the layout of an exhibition or display

      4. Awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues relevant to exhibitions and displays   

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