• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts

The course will examine the emergence of the modern print in nineteenth century Europe and trace its development up to the present day. Questions of technique, from etching, lithography and relief prints, through to photograph-based printmaking and the computer digitised image, will be considered in considerable detail. Questions of what constitutes an original print and some of the theoretical implications of these definitions will be discussed. Although the course will examine the heritage of European and American printmaking, a major focus will be twentieth century printmaking in Australia. Extensive use will be made of the major collections of Australian and international prints in public collections in Canberra.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. Distinguish and understand the historical development of the main printmaking technologies including relief printmaking, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting and digital printmaking

2. Link developments in printmaking with changes in the social functioning of printmaking

3. Be familiar with the main curatorial procedures involved with printmaking

4. Research and access information on printmaking and critically eveluate it

5. Speak and write with confidence on printmaking

Indicative Assessment

Students must submit and perform all assessment tasks in order to complete the course.  Failure to submit assessment items by the last day of the exam period and perform assessment tasks on schedule will result in an NCN.

Oral presentation and paper 1,000 words (20%), (LO 1,2,4,5)

Research essay 3,000 words (50%), (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

End of semester visual test (20%) (1,2,3)

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1,2,4,5)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH6052

Preliminary Reading

* Grishin, S, Contemporary Australian Printmaking, Craftsman House
* Tallman, S, The Contemporary Print from Pre-Pop to Postmodern, Thames
* Ivins, W M, Prints and Visual Communication, MIT




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 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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
4843 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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