VA7012 - Galleries and Visual Arts

What will I learn on this module?

This module will give an entrepreneurial and management focus to your creative interest in visual arts. You will learn how to facilitate arts and cultural expressions in community and commerial art settings, developing skills in organisational management, partnerships and fundraising, gallery administration, planning of exhibitions and programmes, digital technologies and cross-media marketing. You will be challenged to think critically and creatively about the why, who and how of visual arts and gallery management, as a specialist area of the cultural and creative industries sector. Sessions will include hands-on planning and programming as well as instruction and seminars by experienced professionals.

How will I learn on this module?

This module encourages self-directed and group learning, supported and guided by the teaching team of active practitioners. Experiential activities, team work and first-hand experience with managing galleries and visual arts organisations will be combined with talks and seminars to foster curiosity and analytical skills, as well as ongoing development of management skills. Digital technologies are essential for production and organising in this sector, and this is reflected in the teaching methods. We feature TEL-enhanced, group and one-on-one approaches to teaching & learning, emphasising student-centred and practical activities.Technology is central to this process as a tool supporting the everyday learning activities (through audio and visual materials, discussion boards, collaborations, blogs and student websites), which offers equal opportunities for both campus and distance students.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your module tutor will play an active role in guiding you through module sessions through timetabled classes, e-learning interactive activities and one-on-one electronic and office support. Seminars, tutorials and on-site industry trips (in-person or through audio and video sessions) will offer additional opportunities to experience processes and issues, and ask to questions. All course materials will be made available on the relevant module e-Learning Portal sites.

At Department and Faculty level, the Student Administration and Support Centre (SASC) provides a place to ask questions (e.g. regarding timetables, late submissions and personal extenuating circumstances). SASC will refer you to the correct university service if it cannot directly help you.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critical understanding of fine art, visual arts and gallery management, and their policy, societal and operating environments, discourses and debates

2. Advanced knowledge of the literature relating to the what, why and how of gallery management

Intellectual/Professional skills & abilities:
1. Demonstrate the cognitive and intellectual skills required to effectively manage strategic processes and working practices in visual art and gallery sector

2. Demonstrate ability to identify, synthesise, evaluate and communicate solutions for complex situations in this field

Personal Values Attributes:
1. Gain an awareness of strategic visioning, employability and enterprise opportunities in relation to professional development by demonstrating curiosity, creativity and community engagement through arts practice

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be carried out throughout the seminar sessions where students will discuss literature, issues and themes; undertake problem-orientated tasks; and complete weekly e-tivities relating to a wider range of issues pertinent to the fine art, visual arts and galleries sector aimed at all four Knowledge and Skills MLOs. Peer and tutor feedback, and self-reflection, will encourage Personal Values attributes of sensitivity, ethics and curiosity. Formative assessment will also be carried out through the briefing and development sessions in relation to the summative assessment.

The summative assessment will be a 4000 word essay demonstrating student's understanding of the complex contexts and operating environments related to management in their specialist visual arts area of interest, using specific practice-oriented case studies (80%), plus an online/in-class presentation on their specialist topic equivalent to 1000 words (20%). Both will require students to demonstrate and elaborate all MLOs in the synthesis of theory to practice.





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Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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