• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Design Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Anne Brennan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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This course examines contemporary craft and design within a matrix of issues ranging from the inheritances of modernism to craft's important role within material culture. The debate concerning the unique art object versus production for industry is dealt with in terms of the related issues of new technology and media, craft skills, and new positions on function. Some other issues addressed in the course are historical revival, appropriation and the revival of ornamentalism, as well as an examination of the ways in which the meanings of craft practices are being explored across media and across cultures.

This course may be offered in semester mode or as an intensive.

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. Demonstrate knowledge of major issues affecting contemporary craft and design.
  2. Relate major issues in contemporary craft and design to popular culture and contemporary visual culture and apply them to their own research interests.
  3. Compare and evaluate contemporary craft and design objects relevant to individual research interests.
  4. Present written and oral arguments about contemporary craft and design.

Indicative Assessment

Semester mode:
Oral presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 12 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Essay, 4500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

Intensive mode:
Mini conference presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 12 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Essay, 4500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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Semester mode:
One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester. Total 130 hours.

Intensive mode:
130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 35 hours of contact: Five 7-hour days attendance at intensive classes.
  • 25 hours of directed preparatory reading and preparation prior to intensive classes.
  • 70 hours of independent private study and research.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2035.

Preliminary Reading

Glenn Adamson, Thinking Through Craft, Oxford; New York: Berg Publishers, 2007

Course readings are available on the Wattle course site.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6809 13 Jun 2016 20 Jun 2016 08 Jul 2016 19 Aug 2016 In Person N/A

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