Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workload Breakdown Taught sessions - 20 hours plus 1 hour tutorial per student General and preparatory reading (theory and history) - 40 hours Keeping an exhibition journal - 40 hours Writing labels, text boards and catalogue entries - 50 hours Specific exhibition research for catalogue entries and label texts - 50 hours
Lecture 20 plus assessments
Seminars / Tutorials 1 hour total per student (two 1/2 hour tutorials)
Other Working in the exhibition space and with the School of Art collection


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Critical Journal and Project Work  Journal - 2500 words - 50% Project - 2500 words - 50%  100%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation of output as a portfolio  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Distinguish between types of museum/gallery visitors and identify the needs of target audiences
Provide written aids to comprehension and appreciation of art

Devise communication strategies to promote exhibitions
Critique art exhibitions to assess their merits, viability and limitations


This module draws on the expertise of the teaching staff of the School of Art and the wealth of the School of Art collection to provide an opportunity to conduct practical, professional research to curate an exhibition in a public gallery. The module is primarily designed to benefit SH and JH Art History students who will be given priority over SH and JH Fine Art students should the module oversubscribe.

Brief description

The module offers undergraduates a rare opportunity to stage an art exhibition in a public gallery of national renown. It enables involvement in all aspects of the creative process of curating, beginning with the planning stage of selecting works of art and the research for and writing of exhibition labels, text panels and catalogue narrative to the display of the artwork and the advertising of the exhibition through press releases and internet marketing. Bridging a gap between academic study and public engagement, this hands-on experience benefits participants by enhancing their career profile and professional prospects.


10 x 2 hour sessions, including planning workshops, writing seminars, group discussion, student presentations, talks by guest speakers and assessments of local exhibitions. In addition, individual tutorials (as specified below).

  1. Reading Around: exhibition curating in history, theory and practice (1 session)
  2. Planning: selecting works, assessing the exhibition space (1 session)
  3. Reviewing: assessing a current exhibition (1 session)
  4. Interpreting: researching and writing labels and text panels (2 sessions)
Mid-semester Tutorials (1/2 hour per student)

  1. Designing Text: legibility and readibility, words and visuals (1 session)
  2. Spreading the Word: disseminating information in various media (2 sessions)
  3. Putting It Together: displaying art, texts and labels (1 session)
  4. Drawing Conclusions: assessing audience response (1 session)
Final tutorials (1/2 hour per student)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Critiquing writing samples and commenting on various theoretical/practical approaches to exhibition curation in classroom discussions.
Improving own Learning and Performance Staff and peer feedback, class discussions and exhibition audience response.
Information Technology Word processing, designing graphics and labels, composing texs for online publication, sharing information via Blackboard and compiling information using appropriate museum databases and gallery websites.
Personal Development and Career planning The module offers practical experience of working in a gallery/art museum setting and provides insights into the history and processes of curating and the related practices of art historians, art critics and museum professionals.
Problem solving Testing the effectiveness of label texts and designs; dealing with the challenges of staging the exhibition within the space and time allotted for it.
Research skills Composing a critical journal requires students to carry out research using the University Library, the National Library of Wales, and investigating local museums and art galleries.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Working together on the exhibition and collaborating on texts and designs.


This module is at CQFW Level 6