• Science student Nicholas Smith practising visual observation skills in the Piranesi exhibition, February 2014

    2nd year Marketing students at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, August 2013

    Interactive Music Composition students performing in the Potter atrium, 2013.

    Communicating Science for Research students in the Piranesi Effect February 2014

  • Academic Programs

  • The Academic Programs unit at the Ian Potter Museum of Art works to connect academics and students from across the greatest diversity of disciplines and courses to the Potter's collections, programs and environments. We actively seek engagement with the core teaching and research activity of the University, by offering links with coursework, assignments and higher degree research.

    Tutorials related to our collections or activities take place on site. These can be related to current exhibitions, and take place in the gallery spaces. Alternatively tutorials may focus on selected works brought from collection storage, to match the theme of the tutorials and enrich the tutorial content through close engagement with works of art. The content of these tutorials is negotiated by the Curator of Academic Programs at the Potter and the relevant lecturer or tutor.

    Research activity is encouraged through one-on-one interactions with students and staff, and through access to the collections and archival resources. Internships may be negotiated in consultation with the student's academic department representative.

    We also offer space within the Potter for postgraduate reading groups to meet, and aim to enrich these experiences with targeted interactions with the collections.

    Academic Programs at the Potter enhances academics' teaching, and enriches students' experience of campus life. We work hard to foster engagement across all Faculties and Graduate Schools, and always welcome new initiatives from academics and students alike.

    Contact Xanthe Jujnovich, Dr Heather Gaunt or Emily Lochowicz for further information.

    Latest news:



    INSITE.Magazine, Museums Australia Victoria, Nov 2013-Jan 2014, p. 4, Art and empathy at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

    Melbourne University Magazine 2013, Art opens eyes for medical students

    Voice, vol 9, no 7, The difference between looking and seeing

    Arts Hub, Shifting perceptions at Ian Potter Museum of Art



    Academic Programs Unit publications:



    Book chapter, with M. Borromeo and N. Chiavaroli, The Arts and Visual Thinking in Education at The Melbourne Dental School, in C.L. McLean, ed., Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, 2013, Brush Publishing, Calgary, Canada, pp. 40-54.

    Medicine and the arts: using visual art to develop observation skills in medical and dental students




Latest News

This Wednesday MUSEUM LAB: Floor talk with Dr Vincent Alessi, Ruth Beilin & Julie McLeod on [re]constructing identity: the psychology of place that shaped 21st century Victorian cultural identity.

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