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

The focus of this intensively-delivered course is writing on and about the creative arts and the visual arts in particular. It is aimed at students engaged in either practice- led research or art history and theoretical research in the creative arts. It introduces a variety of strategies and models for experimenting with voice, structure and content and addresses writing for different contexts - academic, art museums and the visual and creative industries more generally. The aim throughout is to develop students' critical awareness of various ways of writing and skills and confidence for writing at an advanced level.

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. Experiment with different modes and voices for writing on the creative arts.
  2. Evaluate others’ writing about the arts.
  3. Evaluate and explore ways of writing about art works, materials, processes and /or performance.
  4. Apply course material to extended writing exercises.
  5. Speak with confidence about an aspect of writing.

Indicative Assessment

Participation 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)

Written keyword assignment, 500 words 10% (LO 3)

Essay or experimental writing, 4500 words 60% (LO 1,  3, 4)

Audio/visual presentation with written paper, 1000 words 20% (LO 1, 3, 5)


The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days; 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 previously completed ARTV8207.

Prescribed Texts

Barrett, E and Bolt B. (eds.) Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry, London: IBTauris 2007

Carter, P., Material Thinking: The Theory and Practice of Creative Research Melbourne: MUP 2004

Readings will be posted online as an e-brick prior to the intensive.



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
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1686 28 Jan 2019 08 Feb 2019 22 Feb 2019 05 Apr 2019 In Person View

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