• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation (ARTH6056)

This course traces the development of the arts of Southeast Asia, from prehistoric pottery and bronzes through to contemporary art of the 21st century. Hindu and Buddhist inspired art and architecture, Animist artifacts and Islamic art and design are major themes. The course examines the cross-cultural interactions that have influenced artistic expression throughout the region and the integration of these outside influences into local visual culture. The Southeast Asian collections of the National Gallery of Australia are utilized extensively in this course.

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 Southeast Asian art and use these to identify Southeast Asian works of art,
  2. relate art objects and creation to their historical and contemporary milieu;
  3. use specific examples to evaluate theories of and approaches to Southeast Asian art,
  4. reflect on and discuss the ways in which meanings are communicated by Southeast Asian art;
  5. research, select and combine examples and integrate key textual and archival sources to develop and present, orally and in writing, your own perspectives on key themes in Southeast Asian art.

Indicative Assessment

2 x Tutorial presentations each 10% (learning outcomes 1,3,4,5)

Tutorial paper 1000 words 10% (2,4,5)

Research essay 2000 words 30% (1,2,4,5)

800 words on-line forum object discussion 15% (1,3,4,5)

Visual paper 20% (1,4)

Participation 5% (4,5)

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ARTH6056 is an on-campus and flexible delivery course. Students can expect to spend 10 hours a week on class activities, including lectures and tutorials (average 2.5 contact hours). Weekly tutorial attendance is mandatory. Some lectures and tutorials may be held off-campus. For students taking the course in flexible delivery mode comparable assessment tasks in lieu of in-class presentations will be negotiated. The visual test will be available on-line.

Preliminary Reading

Kerlogue, Fiona, Arts of Southeast Asia, London: Thames and Hudson, 2004

Maxwell, Robyn, Textiles of Southeast Asia, 2nd ed, Hongkong: Periplus, 2003

Roxas-Lim, Aurora, Southeast Asian art and culture: ideas, forms and societies, Jakarta: ASEAN, 2005

Christina Sumner and Milton Osborne, Arts of Southeast Asia, Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 2001.


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

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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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
On Campus
9537 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A
On Line
9538 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online N/A

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