• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Design Arts, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Wellington
    • Gordon Bull
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course will introduce key concepts in art history and art theory by examining how images and objects produce ways of seeing and knowing the world,  and by discussing how they construct and perpetuate cultural meaning through narrative, space and form. The Western classical tradition will be a particular focus, along with contrasting periods and styles including the Gothic, Baroque and Rococo, and non-Western art and design. The relevance of historical art to contemporary concerns and art practice will be a consistent theme of the course considered through a wide range of media,  including digital media, film, and architecture.

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 and apply the defining methodologies of art history and theory.
  2. Analyze the visual and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture.
  3. Identify major themes and trajectories in World art.
  4. Research and access information about art history and theory.
  5. Present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation15% (LO 4, 5)

Written paper, 1000 words, 25% (LO 1, 4, 5)

Take-home visual analysis exam, 1500 words, 25% (LO1, 2, 3, 5)

Research essay, 2000 words, 35% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)

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2 hours of lectures and a one hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week (total 130 hours).

Contact hours will include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you are enrolled in, or have previously completed, ARTV1009 or ARTH1002.

Preliminary Reading

Hugh Honour and John Fleming, A World History of Art, Laurence King Publishing, revised 7th ed. 2009.

Alpers, Svetlana, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.

Bazin, Germain. Baroque and Rococo. New York and London: Thames & Hudson, 1985.

Baxandall, Michael, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style, OUP, 1988.

Bell, Julian, Mirror of the World: A New History of Art, Thames and Hudson, 2007.

Blunt, Anthony. Art and Architecture in France: 1500-1700. London, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999.

Crary, John, Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century, MIT Press, 1992.

Green, Alexandra (ed.), Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives (HKU Press, 2013).

Greenhalgh, Michael, What is Classicism, London: John Wiley and Sons, 1990.

Harrison, Charles, Paul Wood, and Jason Gaiger (eds.), Art in Theory 1648-1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. London; Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.

Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An anthology of changing ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009)

Wittkower, Rudolf. Art and Architecture in Italy, 1600-1750, Volumes 1-3: Fourth Edition (The Yale University Press Pelican History). 4th ed. Yale University Press, 1999.




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 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4102 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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