• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code ARTT-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Art Theory minor is primarily designed to meet the needs and interest of visual arts designers and makers by informing their practice with critical inquiry into the social, cultural, ethical and historical context of contemporary art.  Students develop the analytical skills necessary for viewing at images and objects with a critical eye, selective reading, and the ability to communicate effectively about works in different media, including their own, to specialist audiences using professional conventions.  1000-level courses are held at the National Gallery of Australia, providing students with a rich learning environment and direct access to works in the National Collection.  Art Theory is located within the studio-based environment of the School of Art.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this minor will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • analyse      the social, cultural, ethical and historical context of contemporary art.
  • evaluate      artistic ideas, concepts and process by thinking creatively, critically      and reflectively. 
  • interpret,      communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments about art in modes      suited to a range of audiences.
  • recognise      and reflect on local and international perspectives to contemporary practice      in the visual arts.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6
ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARTV2015 Art and Politics 6
ARTH2050 Photography and Art 6
ARTH2080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1815 6
ARTH2081 Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815 12
ARTH2082 Art, War and Conflict 6
  ARTH 2015: Byzantine Empire
ARTV2016 Cartographies: Art Exploration and Knowledge 6
ARTV2017 Contemporary Australian Art 6
ARTV2018 Cyberculture 6
  ARTV 2019: Framing Other Cultures
ARTV2020 Gender and Visual Culture 6
  ARTV 2021: Indig Aust Visual Cult
ARTV2024 Memory 6
ARTV2029 Representing the Self 6
ARTV2030 Theories of the Object 6
ARTV2031 Theories of the Image 6
ARTV2035 Issues in the Decorative Arts and Design 6
ARTV2050 Renaissance and Baroque Art 6
ARTV2051 Design History 6
ARTV2052 Introducing Asian Modernisms 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ARTV2054 Australian Art: The Modern Period 6
ARTV2055 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture 6
ARTV2056 City Sites: studies in art and urbanity 6
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