The Print Room

Subject AHIS90004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours: 12 x 2 hour seminar per week throughout semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in art history, Master of Art Curatorship, Master of Cinema Management, Master of Arts & Cultural Management (Moving Image).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Miya Tokumitsu


Subject Overview:

The Print Room subject makes the outstanding collection of Renaissance and Baroque Prints in the Baillieu Library accessible to students. The library houses one of the largest collections of graphic works in Australia. The collection, which was formed in London in the 1920s, has rarely been studied. Students will be given the chance to work on a real collection. The course takes the study of printmaking away from the white-gloved world of the conventional print room and into the realm of scientific digital technology and discovery. A virtual exhibition will be created by students working in teams. The students will study as if they were curators in a museum working with exhibition proposals for a director. The teams will discuss various proposals, problems, obstacles and constraints.

Learning Outcomes:
  • be able to create an exhibition and catalogue online;
  • understand the techniques and media of print making;
  • acquire curatorial experience and qualifications that may enhance prospects of employment in a museum;
  • become conversant with digital technology and the scientific photography of print making; and
  • engage in group problem solving and working collaboratively.

A formal presentation of a concept of the exhibition to the director equivalent to 1000 words 20% (during the semester), a visual realisation of the exhibition equivalent to 3000 words 60% (due in the examination period), a review of a local exhibition (1000 words), 20% (due in Week 5).

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject .

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads; and
  • be able to participate in team work.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Art Curatorship
100 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image Specialisation
150 Point Master of Art Curatorship
150 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image Specialisation
200 Point Master of Art Curatorship
200 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image specialisation
Art History
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Art History
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Art History
MA (AS&&ST) Art History
PC-ARTS Art History
PD-ARTS Art History

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