• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Montana
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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How do we approach the writing of Art History?  Methodologies of Art History explores the various approaches to Art History and examines in considerable detail the methodological strategies adopted by Art Historians over the past century.  These include iconographic and semiotic methodologies, structuralist and post-structuralist approaches, sociological and Marxist perspectives, the feminist critique of art history; psychoanalytical methodologies; formalist methodologies; connoisseurship and biographical methodologies and uses of art criticism and aesthetics by art historians.

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. critically examine art historical methodologies ranging from formalism, iconology and biographic methods through to semiotics, post-structuralism and engendered readings.
  2. apply art historical methodologies to their own research and writing.
  3. understand the discipline of art history as it developed from classical antiquity through to the present.
  4. speak with confidence about the methodologies of art history and defend particular viewpoints. 

Indicative Assessment

Forum presentation and research paper (6000 words) - 50% (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Forum chair/responder and paper on key issues/questions (2000 words) - 20% (Learning outcome 1, 3 and 4)

Short writing exercises based on forum topics (3 x 1000 words) - 30% (Learning outcomes 1 and 4)

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Contact hours include a one hour lecture followed by a three hour discussion forum.  The forums will take various forms, including:

• seminar presentations followed by question and answer sessions.

• structured group discussion.

• films and documentaries that have had a significant impact on the discipline of Art History, followed by discussion.

Students are expected to complete an average of 16 hours per week outside these contact hours.

Online students will be able to join the forums live or listen to the recordings.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Art to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

D’Alleva, Anne 2010, How to Write Art History, Laurence King, London, pp. 144-169 

Minor, Vernon Hyde 2000, Art History’s History, 2nd edn, Prentice Hall, New York, pp. 29-84 

Preziosi, Donald (ed.) 2009, The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 13-44


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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $3084
2014 $4956
2013 $4944
2012 $4944
2011 $4848
2010 $4716
2009 $4572
2008 $4572
2007 $4572
2006 $4572
2005 $4572
2004 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $7236
2014 $7524
2013 $7512
2012 $7512
2011 $7512
2010 $7500
2009 $7236
2008 $7236
2007 $7236
2006 $7236
2005 $7236
2004 $7236
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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
4633 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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