• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Hansen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course deals with aspects of Australian art practice from the 1970s tothe present. Where appropriate, examples of international art will be considered to place Australian art within context. The course is issue andobject oriented. Topics include the legacy of art practice of the 1970s, the development of postmodern approaches, the emergence of intercultural concerns, the artistic interchanges between Australia and the Asia/Pacific region, the emergence of urban Aboriginal art, and the significance of the advent of new technologies. Works of art in arange of media,including design and the decorative arts, will be considered.Students are expected to engage critically with contemporary works of art in current exhibitions in Canberra. Visits to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, CraftACT, the Drill Hall Gallery and other local galleries will be essential. Lectures will comprise amix of sources and approaches; whenever possible, artists/guest speakers will also address the group.

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. Demonstratespecialist knowledge of selected aspects of contemporary art in Australia
  2. evaluate and relate developments in contemporary art to contemporary visual culture
  3. Analyse and interpret works of Australian contemporary art in different media
  4. Present complex written and oral arguments about contemporary art in Australia.

Indicative Assessment

1500 word Tutorial Presentation [30%] (LO's 1 -4)

4500 word Research Essay [60%] (LO's 1 - 4)

Participation [10%] (LO's 1 -4)

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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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2017, ARTV6007 or ARTH2161.

Prescribed Texts

  • The Cambridge companion to Australian art Anderson, Jaynie Port Melbourne, Vic. ; Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • The new McCulloch's encyclopedia of Australian art McCulloch, Alan Fitzroy, Vic. : Aus Art Editions in association with The Miegunyah Press, 2006
  • Kleinert, Sylvia and Margo Neale, (eds.), The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2000
  • A secret history of Australian art Butler, Rex St Leonards, N.S.W. : Craftsman House Fine Art Publishing, 2002
  • Conceptual beauty : perspectives on Australian contemporary art Millner, Jacqueline Woolloomooloo, N.S.W. :Artspace Visual Art Centre, 2010
  • Undisclosed : 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial National Indigenous Art Triennial (2nd : 2012 : Canberra, A.C.T.) Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, 2012
  • Murray, Kevin, Craft Unbound: Make the Common Precious. Craftsman House, 2005
  • Butler, Rex, What is appropriation? An anthology of critical writings in Australian art in the 80s and 90s.Power Publications and IMA, Sydney, 1996

Assumed Knowledge

No special skills required.



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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9904 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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