• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is concerned with approaches to the critical evaluation of discourses that frame works of art, craft and design, in particular texts and exhibitions. The texts that are examined are drawn from art history, art criticism, curatorial practice, marketing and promotion. The exhibitions/displays selected for study are wide-ranging, including those at art museums and galleries, contemporary art and craft centres, historic houses etc.  The course aims to refine graduate students’ capacity for research, analysis and interpretation of works of art in ways that enhance both theoretical and practice-led research projects.

Points of view
is structured around seminar presentations by the course lecturer, academic and professional visitors, and students. It also involves case studies based on visits to arts institutions and organisations where the framing discourses involved in the dissemination of art to an audience are analysed in depth.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the effects of context on the interpretation of works of art, craft and design.
  2. Account for the differences in various institutional frameworks and devices which determine how works of art are presented to their audiences.
  3. Identify and apply appropriate modes of analysis, evaluation and interpretation in order to articulate the ways works of art are framedby different circumstances and discourses.
  4. Present reasoned, referenced, and structured arguments in both written and other audio-visual forms.

Indicative Assessment

  • Compare and evaluate  two published exhibition reviews 1000 words in total 10% total (Learning Outcomes 1-4)
  • 1000 word written exhibition review  20% (Learning Outcomes 1-4)
  • Introduce a discussion of your review, plus a relevant reading  10% (Learning Outcomes 1-4)
  • A 3500 - 4000 word essay 60% (Learning Outcomes 1-4)

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Five 6-hour days attendance at intensive classes conducted either at the ANU or cultural institutions and a further 18 hours of directed preparatory reading and preparation and up to 82 hours of independent private study/research.



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
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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