• 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 survey course examines the role of international and Australian art and design in relation to society and the initial changes wrought by a rising middle class as modern social structures shifted and new markets emerged from the second wave of the industrial revolution in the mid-nineteenth century. As well as paying attention to one medium, students are invited to assess the integration of art, design, architecture and the decorative arts. Attention is paid to the design reformist and Arts and Crafts movements in England and America and the Art Nouveau movements across Europe and Australia to the rise of international modernism, post-war design and Pop and Postmodern art and design in the second half of the twentieth century. Students may wish to engage with the changing meaning of craft in the so-called global society at the turn of the new millennium.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Students will achieve the ability to identify major art and design movements of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and
  2. to objectify their appreciation of these through an analytic and evaluative assessment of each movement in relation to the social context of the historic period.
  3. Students will develop strong skills in research and writing and become familiar with key terms and concepts from art and design history of the modern and postmodern periods.

Indicative Assessment

2,000 word tutorial paper (30%) (outcomes 2, 3)

3,000 word essay (50%) (outcomes, 1, 2, 3)

Image test (20%). (outcomes, 1, 2)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARTH2043

Preliminary Reading

  • Arnason, H H, History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture and Photography, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2004.
  • Bogle, Michael, Design in Australia: 1870-1970, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996.
  • Demsey, A. Styles, Schools and Movements: An Encyclopedic Guide to Modern Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 2002.
  • Sparke, Penny, Design in Context, Bloomsbury, London, 1991.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
9640 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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