Curating Art History - HART6001

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


This is a module built around a current academically rigorous exhibition (i.e. an exhibition running at the same time as the module). Through studying and assessing an exhibition, students will learn about a varied range of issues involved in curating art history from the logistical to the conceptual. Some of these issues are generic to the challenge of curating, others are specific to the piece of curation which is being studied (and which will from vary year to year). In addition, the course will examine the exhibitions as a multi-platform media event with its own digital dimension, which may generate press or media coverage, and involve other forms of interaction with its audience.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300


This is the level 6 version of the module.

Method of assessment

Critical Portfolio (3000-4000 words) (60%)
Essay (3500 words) (40%)

Indicative reading

Altschuler, B. (2013) Biennials and Beyond – Exhibitions That Made Art History 1962-2002, London and New York: Phaidon Press
Obrist, H. U. (2015) Ways of Curating, London: Penguin
O'Neill, P. (2012) The Culture of Curating and The Curating of Culture(s), Cambridge, Mass. and London: MIT Press
Steeds, L (2014) Exhibition, London: Whitechapel Gallery & MIT Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the level 6 module students will be able to:

- demonstrate the ability to work in groups towards collaborative goals to a high level of attainment
- communicate effectively the results of study accurately and creatively, in the form of structured arguments, accessible displays or effective marketing.
- demonstrate that they have systematically developed study skills to a high level in order to research and present their work, including appropriate Information Technologies.
- demonstrate that they have developed qualities of personal responsibility in completing assessment tasks to deadline, working in a self-motivated manner, thereby enhancing transferable skills necessary for employment to a high level of attainment
- demonstrate a responsible and respectful attitude to working with outside partners (such as artists, lenders, exhibition-venues, curators or funders) to a near professional standard
- demonstrate an aptitude for logistical work and for organising events effectively to a near professional standard


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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