• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Olivia Meehan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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A first year subject that examines the fascinating history of art. This course introduces a broad range of art movements, methodologies and theories of art historical research. It is structured as a survey course, moving from a discussion of Aboriginal rock art through to Romanticism. Introduction to Art History also has a vocational emphasis and starts to prepare students for careers in the visual arts and gallery sector.



Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Identify and describe all the major art movements in Western art up until the 19th century.
  2. Understand the major art historical methodologies and approaches used by art historians in visual analysis.
  3. Recognise how major art movements are connected to each other.
  4. Apply with confidence the vocabulary to describe the formal and iconographic elements of an art object.
  5. Research and access information on the history of art and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
  6. Speak with confidence about artworks and engage your audience.

Indicative Assessment

Mid semester visual analysis – 1000 words (25%) (LO 2, 4, 5)

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

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

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 2, 4, 6)

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

Attendance on campus but with many visits to major art institutions 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

Anne D'Alleva, Methods and Theories of Art History, 2nd edn., London: Laurence King, 2010

Christina Maranci, A Survival Guide for Art History Students, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2074 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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