• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Design Arts, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Gordon Bull
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course will examine how institutions shape the ways that art is produced, received and understood. It will explore issues of cross-cultural exchange in art and design and discuss innovation and change in art and design in relation to modernism, post-modernism, and globalisation. It also considers artists and theorists exploration of ideas relating to status of the artist, cross-cultural aesthetics, decoration and display, the relationship between form and meaning, identity, technology, the body, interactions with the audience, and digital media.

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 the key ideas and approaches used in the study of art, architecture, and design.
  2. Apply skills of visual analysis to interpret a broad range of art, architecture, and design in relation to its context.
  3. Identify influence and inspiration drawn from cross-cultural interactions in art, architecture, and design.
  4. Research and access information about art history and theory.
  5. Present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation 15% (LO 4, 5)

Written paper, 1000 words, 25% (LO 1, 4, 5)

Take-home visual analysis exam, 1500 words, 25% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)

Research essay, 2000 words, 35% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)

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2 hours of lectures and a one hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week (total 130 hours).

Contact hours will include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you are enrolled in, or have previously completed, ARTV1010 or ARTH1003.

Preliminary Reading

Hugh Honour and John Fleming, A World History of Art, Laurence King Publishing, revised 7th ed. 2009.

Archer, Michael, Art since 1960 (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, London, 1997).

Arnason, H H, A History of Modern Art, 6th ed. (London: Prentice Hall, 2009)

Bell, Julian, Mirror of the World: A New History of Art, Thames and Hudson, 2007.

Broude, Norma (ed.), World Impressionism (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, 1990)

Clark, John, Modern Asian Art (Sydney; Honolulu: Fine Art Press; University of Hawaii Press, 1998)

Fried, Michael, “Art and Objecthood” (1967).

Harrison, Charles, Paul Wood, and Jason Gaiger (eds.), Art in Theory 1648-1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. London; Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.

Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An anthology of changing ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009)

Smith, Terry, What is contemporary art? (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2011)

Stangos, Nikos (ed.), Concepts of modern art: from Fauvism to Postmodernism, 3rd ed. (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, 1994).

Stephen, Ann, Andrew McNamara, and Philip Goad (eds.) Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (Carlton: the Miegunyah Press, 2007)

McLean, Ian (ed.), How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art (Sydney; Brisbane: Power Publications & IMA, 2011)

Wood, Paul (ed.), The Challenge of the Avant-Garde (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999)




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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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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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
3598 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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