Course Title: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Tammy Hulbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3981

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B039.03.002

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will undertake a theoretical and historical examination of contemporary art curation across different contexts within Australia and overseas.

Your theoretical investigation will be supported by project-based work to give you a critical and practical appreciation of the issues involved in conceptualising, developing and presenting exhibitions, including spatial thinking and planning.

Please note, this course and the 24 credit-point version Curating Contemporary Art VART 3413 are similar courses. The content is co-delivered through lectures, however the time allocation for tutorials and assessment tasks are different to reflect either an introductory experience or a more expansive experience. You cannot enroll in both courses. Choose the one that best suits your stage of career and your professional needs.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a School of Art postgraduate Program Option course. For further details about this course go to the School of Art Portal postgraduate Program Options site

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

  1. Examine and interpret the practices of contemporary art curation and exhibition production.
  2. Critically discuss and review innovation and experimentation in curatorial and exhibition practice
  3. Identify, evaluate and apply some of the ideas and practices concerning contemporary curating
  4. Critically reflect upon the issues involved in conceptualising, developing and presenting contemporary exhibitions

Overview of Learning Activities

Classes are designed to be a safe and open forum for the discussion of ideas, dilemmas, challenges and opportunities. Classes cater for all levels of experience and are a place for constructive critique, group and individual learning. Mutual support, sharing of knowledge and full participation is strongly encouraged.

You will require: independent research skills including the ability to find references beyond the reading provided as well as the ability to use RMIT library and online databases; established writing skills including an understanding of different genres within formal academic writing and the ability to cite references according to required styles (e.g. APA, Harvard); a confident ability to uphold the values of academic integrity and avoid plagiarism; critical and creative thinking skills; problem-solving skills; verbal presentation abilities; and the ability to work productively within a team.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to a range of facilities across the school to support your area of practice such as workshops, studios, computer labs and study spaces.

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

The University Library has extensive resources for School of Art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Library Subject Guides

An extensive searchable reading list is made available to all enrolled students via Canvas. 

Additional support for academic writing can be accessed through the RMIT’s Study & Learning Centre

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment includes:

  • The Role of the Curator - Research Essay 30% (LO1, LO2)
  • Weekly Class Reflection 20% (LO4)
  • Curatorial Project Presentation 10% (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
  • Curatorial Proposal or Curatorial Essay 40% (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment and Results

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension or special consideration will be penalised as follows:

  • Completed work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day
  • Work submitted after day 7 will not be assessed
  • Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty

How the penalty is calculated:
Example - Work is submitted 6 days late, incurring a penalty of 30% (6 x 5% = 30%). The submission receives a result of 60 out of 100.  60 - 30% = 42. The numerical result for that assessment submission is modified from 60 to 42. The result of 42 is used to calculate the final grade for the course.