• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History

The course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art has three main aims:
* Provide students with basic geographical and historical frameworks for the study of indigenous visual arts in Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.
* Familiarise students with concepts that indigenous peoples have expressed as fundamental to their understandings of relationships between art and life, both historically and in a contemporary context.
* Assist students in developing ideas about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts contribute to cross-cultural critical theory.

This course is delivered in intensive mode.

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. Identify in detail the historical and geographical origins of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art
  2. Conduct a culturally relevant appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island visual arts
  3. Develop in-depth cross-cultural awareness in the processes of interpretation of visual arts
  4. Research, access and critically engage with information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art
  5. Speak and write with cultural sensitivity and confidence on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
  6. Gain a critical understanding of some of the major issues of debate concerning Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation, 10 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Written paper, 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Research essay, 3000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
Review, 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5, 6]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days (9am-5pm) ; and b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARTH2098

Preliminary Reading

Wally Caruana, Aboriginal art, Thames and Hudson, 2003

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of the history of art and experience in researching and analyzing art objects.


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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1655 16 Jan 2017 27 Jan 2017 17 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 In Person N/A

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