Course Title: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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 enrol in both courses. Choose the one that best suits your stage of career and your professional needs.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Tammy Hulbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3981

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 39.3.2

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 in 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.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a stand-alone university postgraduate elective.

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

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 course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment includes:

  1. The Role of the Curator - Research Essay 30%
  2. Weekly Class Reflection 20% 
  3. Curatorial Project Presentation 10% 
  4. Curatorial Proposal or Curatorial Essay 40%