• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Wellington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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How do we approach the writing of Art History? Methodologies of Art History introduces students to the history of our discipline; the ideas and theories that are essential knowledge for those wishing to pursue studies in Art History at a higher level. We will explore various approaches and examine in depth the methodological strategies adopted by Art Historians. These include iconographic, semiotic, formalist and materialist methodologies; critical theory, queer theory, feminist and post-colonial critiques; along with the historiography of the discipline focussing on the role of biography, the philosophy of aesthetics, and art criticism.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically examine art historical methodologies.
  2. Apply art historical methodologies to their own research and writing.
  3. Understand the discipline of art history as it developed from classical antiquity to the present.
  4. Speak with confidence about the methodologies of art history and defend particular view points.

Indicative Assessment

Research questionnaire, 1500 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Catalogue entry, 1000 words (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Wattle forum participation, 500 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Scripted presentation, 3000 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4
Research essay, 4000 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-3

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 52 hours of contact: 3-day intensive in week 1 (21 hours), 3-day intensive in week 8 (21 hours), study day at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia in week 10 (7 hours), study day/exhibition visit in week 12 (3 hours)
  • 208 hours of independent student research, reading and writing: 16 hours per week for 13 weeks

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HARTS2), Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (Honours) (HAHCR), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH8012.

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

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5436
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $7752
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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
4513 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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