• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course examines the emergence of Modern art in the 19th century and traces the development of the visual arts through until today. In the last 150 years, Modern art has seen the rise and decline of various movements and philosophies, resulting in a rich but often troubled history. This course is dominated by a number of 'isms' and we will examine the diverse outlooks of groups as far ranging as the Impressionists and Conceptual artists.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe all the major art movements in Western art since the mid 19th century.
  2. Connect major social and political developments of the last 150 years with changes in visual culture.
  3. Recognise how various Modern and contemporary art movements are related/connected/opposed to each other.
  4. Apply with confidence a vocabulary to describe the formal and iconographic elements of any Modern or contemporary artwork and ‘place' that object within a chronology, even if you have never seen the object before.
  5. Research and access information on Modern and contemporary art and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
  6. Speak with confidence about artworks and engage your audience.

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation and paper (25%) -1000 words (LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Research essay - 2500 words (45%) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

End of semester visual test (20%)  (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Tutorial participation (10%). (LO 1, 2, 6)

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Contact hours include 3 hours per week in lectures and tutorials.

Attendance on campus but with most tutorials held at the National Gallery of Australia or other galleries in Canberra.

Students are expected to complete an average of 7 hours per week outside these contact hours.



Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you are enrolled in or have previously completed ARTV1009 and ARTV1010.

Preliminary Reading

Arnason, H H, A History of Modern Art, 6th edn, London: Prentice Hall, 2009

Francis Frascina et al 1993, Modernity and modernism: French painting in the nineteenth century, New Have: Yale University Press, 1993





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6353 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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