• 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

The course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art has three main aims:

1. Provide students with basic geographical and historical frameworks for the study of indigenous visual arts in Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.

2. Familiarise students with concepts that indigenous peoples have expressed as fundamental to their understandings of relationships between art and life, both historically and in a contemporary context.

3. Assist students in developing ideas about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts contribute to cross-cultural critical theory.

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. Identify historical and geographical origin of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art

2. Conduct a culturally relevant appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island visual arts

3. To formulate cross-cultural awareness in the processes of interpretation of visual arts

4. Research and access information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art

5. Speak and write with cultural sensitivity and confidence on Australian Indigenous art

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 - 2,000 words (25%) (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

Research essay - 3,500 words (45%), (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

End of semester visual test (20%) (LO 1,2,5)

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1,3,5)

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The course consists of two 1 hour lectures, one 1 hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Preliminary Reading

Wally Caruana, Aboriginal art, Thames and Hudson, 2003

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of the history of art and experience in researching and analyzing art objects.


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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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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1774 11 Jan 2016 18 Jan 2016 12 Feb 2016 25 Mar 2016 In Person N/A

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