• 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
    • Helen Ennis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The course will examine the emergence of the modern print in nineteenth century Europe and trace its development up to the present day. Questions of technique, from etching, lithography and relief prints, through to photograph-based printmaking and the computer digitised image, will be considered in considerable detail. Questions of what constitutes an original print and some of the theoretical implications of these definitions will be discussed. Although the course will examine the heritage of European and American printmaking, a major focus will be twentieth century printmaking in Australia. Extensive use will be made of the major collections of Australian and international prints in public collections in Canberra.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. Distinguish and understand the historical development of the main printmaking technologies including relief printmaking, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting and digital printmaking

2. Link developments in printmaking with changes in the social functioning of printmaking

3. Be familiar with the main curatorial procedures involved with printmaking

4. Research and access information on printmaking and critically eveluate it

5. Speak and write with confidence on printmaking

Indicative Assessment

Students must submit and perform all assessment tasks in order to complete the course.  Failure to submit assessment items by the last day of the exam period and perform assessment tasks on schedule will result in an NCN.

Oral presentation and paper 1,000 words (20%), (LO 1,2,4,5)

Research essay 3,000 words (50%), (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

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

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1,2,4,5)

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Classes will be held on campus and at the National Gallery of Australia

Two hours of lectures and a one hour tutorial per week

Students are expected to complete an average of 7 hours of study per week outside class contact hours

Requisite and Incompatibility

Preliminary Reading

* Grishin, S, Contemporary Australian Printmaking, Craftsman House
* Tallman, S, The Contemporary Print from Pre-Pop to Postmodern, Thames
* Ivins, W M, Prints and Visual Communication, MIT




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
4738 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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