Course Title: Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Internship

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: David Forrest & Shane Hulbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578/2481

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Location: Building 24 & Building 6

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment. 

This is a Work Integrated Learning course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner. This is a postgraduate course that can be taken by any School of Art postgraduate students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Master of Fine Art
  • Master of Photography
  • Master of Arts (Arts Management)
  • Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)


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

  • develop and apply arts management and arts project management skills in a professional environment
  • plan and manage through self-directed and team research projects in arts organizations, institutions and companies
  • utilise interpersonal communication skills
  • critically reflect upon your professional practice experience
  • develop professional proposal and report writing skills

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is an industry placement course.  Learning in this course is primarily ‘on-the-job’, complimented by a series of tutorials and workshops aimed at assisting you in selection, placement and reflection. It involves the completion of a placement over the semester with an arts industry host.

Through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials you will engage in the ideas and development of a work ready focus.  Lectures will cover resume writing, industry options and include a number of guest speakers designed to assist you in preparing for work in the arts industry.

Pre-placement workshops are scheduled at the beginning of semester to integrate academic learning with professional practice skills.  The workshops aim to improve your knowledge of arts industry, consider potential career pathways and help you identify suitable host organisations.

You will negotiate your placement opportunities with the Course Coordinator and all placements must be approved with the Coordinator prior to beginning.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Gallery and Museum Management students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Grazyna Rosinska A detailed reference list is also provided to you on the Learning Management System (LMS). Speakers may provide you with references and your lecturer may set reading for seminars. Course-connected skill development classes and tutorials are available to you if you need them.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities through the following assignments:

  1. Proposal with host organisation/Intention Statement 25%
  2. Reflective journal 50%
  3. Internship report 25%