• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Charlotte Galloway
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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Diverse and dynamic, art is integral to the cultural and religious expressions of Asian societies through history.  This course offers an introduction to Asian art from Central Asia and India to China and Japan.  It acquaints students with ways of interpreting the art of Asia, focusing on the relationships between art and religion (particularly Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam), literature and performance, and the historical relationships between the art of different regions of Asia to underline the creative exchanges and innovations that took place.  

As part of the Art History and Art History and Curatorship program, the course offers preparation in skills applicable to careers in the visual arts and museum and gallery sectors.  It is also a foundation for students interested in more advanced subsequent study of specific areas of Asian art and for those studying Asian languages, culture and societies.

No prior knowledge of Asian history or language is expected.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1.     recognize key attributes of Asian art and use these to identify Asian works of art;

2.    relate art objects and creation to their historical and contemporary milieu;

3.     reflect on and discuss the ways in which meanings are communicated by Asian art;

4.     research, select and combine examples and integrate key textual sources and examples of art works to develop and present, orally and in writing, their own perspectives on Asian art.

Other Information

Winter Session intensive classes will be held from Monday 14 - Friday 18 July.  Class times Monday - Thursday morning at ANU 9am-12.30pm, Monday - Thursday afternoon at NGA 2pm-4.30pm, Friday all day at ANU.  Wattle site open Friday 27 June.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial research presentation 10% (LO 1,4) – presented during the on-campus week

Research paper 2500 words 30% (LO 2,3,4) - due 3 weeks after the on-campus week

Analysis of a work of art 1000 words 15% (LO 1,3,4) - due one week after the on-campus week

Visual paper  25% (LO 1,2,3) – online time restricted test delivered via Wattle

Contributions to on-line forum 20% (LO 1,2,3,4) - commences 3 weeks before on-campus component

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The course comprises a 5 day on-campus component (6 hours face-to-face activities each day at ANU or the National Gallery of Australia) with three weeks of on-line participation before and after the on-campus component. Attendance is mandatory. Student should expect to spend 30 hours on ‘in-class’ attendance and 100 hours of additional reading and writing of assessments.

Preliminary Reading

Meher MacArthur. The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles. London: Thames and Hudson, 2005




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5713 01 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 30 Sep 2014 In Person N/A

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