Course Title: Curating and Exhibiting Communication Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Curating and Exhibiting Communication Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Fayen d'Evie

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the theory and practice of curating and exhibiting communication design. The course addresses the broader history of curatorial practice as well as contemporary discourse in the field, with a focus upon the particular challenges and debates surrounding the exhibition of communication design.

You will assess the practical considerations that inform exhibition design. You will develop an exhibition proposal that is informed by past practice, contemporary debates and practical demands, and you will plan and implement a communication design exhibition.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development against the following program learning outcomes: 

- Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss the history and current discourse regarding the curation and exhibition of communication design.
  2. Explain and defend curatorial proposals and exhibition concepts, in specialist terms and to general audiences.
  3. Plan and implement curated exhibitions of communication design.
  4. Design and install innovative exhibitions, using advanced technical knowledge and skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course takes a blended approach in its delivery. The course focuses upon project-based learning, and you will be actively engaged in a range of activities including studios, seminars, face-to-face and online class discussions, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include studio projects, group work, presentations and critiques.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Task 1: Exhibition Concept (20%)
Course Learning Outcomes: 2

Assessment Task 2: Exhibition Blueprint (30%)
Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Exhibition Design (50%)
Course Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4