- Class Number 3401
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
- Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
- Dr Keren Hammerschlag
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course will introduce key concepts in art history and art theory by examining how images and objects produce ways of seeing and knowing the world, and by discussing how they construct and perpetuate cultural meaning through narrative, space and form. The Western classical tradition will be a particular focus, along with contrasting periods and styles including the Gothic, Baroque and Rococo, and non-Western art and design. The relevance of historical art to contemporary concerns and art practice will be a consistent theme of the course considered through a wide range of media, including digital media, film, and architecture.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and apply the defining methodologies of art history and theory.
- Analyze the visual and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture.
- Identify major themes and trajectories in World art.
- Research and access information about art history and theory.
- Present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.
Most lecturers from the Centre for Art History and Art Theory will offer lectures during this semester. Each individual will speak from a position of research expertise based on their substantial experience in the field.
Attending an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.
Additional Course Costs
Materials necessary for producing essays and tutorial presentations.
No resources additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments on essays and other written assessment, verbal comments to the whole class, to groups and to individuals, as required and appropriate.
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Referencing Guidelines for essay writing and further information on how and why to cite your sources can be found at: http://art-cass.anu.edu.au/current_students/referenceguide.php
Information about how to upload your assignments on to WATTLE can be found here: http://cass.anu.edu.au/intranet/eds/resources
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||What is Art History and Theory? The birth of the art museum||Tutorials begin|
|2||Australian First Nations visual art and culture pre-contact Art in Ancient Greece and Rome||Research Questionnaire posted on Wattle|
|3||Art and aesthetics in ancient India and China Classical art in East Asia|
|4||Christian art in Europe Islamic art and architecture||Research Questionnaire due|
|5||Renaissance painting The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood||Tutorials at National Gallery of Australia|
|6||Baroque and Rococo Design and decorative arts of the European Courts||Research Questionnaire returned Essay questions posted on Wattle|
|7||Mughal art and architecture Art and architecture in Southeast Asia|
|8||Art, science and trade in Britain and the Americas (17th and 18th centuries) Neo-classicism and history painting in Europe|
|9||Decorative art and design in the 19th century Exploration and the art of contact||Essay due|
|11||Lens and plate: art and the birth of mass media Settler and colonial art in Australia||Essay returned|
|12||Course summation: historical traditions and modern practice|
|13||Exam period||Take-Home Exam|
Students must register for one of the available tutorial times via Wattle
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Presentation||15 %||12/03/2019||04/07/2019||4,5|
|Research Questionnaire||25 %||19/03/2019||02/04/2019||1,4,5|
|Take-home visual analysis exam||25 %||11/06/2019||21/06/2019||2,3,5|
|Research Essay||35 %||07/05/2019||21/05/2019||1,2,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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This course does not require a formal examination. A take-home examination is required.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 4,5
Details of task:
Student presentations will begin in tutorials from week 3 onwards. Select a particular object, or small set of objects, and explore some of the key historical and theoretical ideas relating to it. The set reading and further readings supplied on Wattle provide a good starting point for you to research the object, and additional readings will ensure that you are well informed and better able to answer questions from your peers.
You might like to choose a work in the National Gallery collection, one that is either currently on display or in the permanent collection that can be accessed online through Collection search. https://nga.gov.au/
The presentations will be informal and should not be read from a script. They can take any form you choose, and you can be as creative as you like – you may wish to lead discussion by posing a series of leading questions, set a pop quiz, devise visual analysis exercises for the class, or you may set a broad polemical question to challenge entrenched ideas about your object(s). You will be assessed on how well you engage the class as a whole and stimulate lively debate and discussion around key ideas raised in the course.
Presentation requirements: see details of task above.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Details of task:
This exercise is designed to establish some basic research patterns which you will use in the future and to assist you in distinguishing between websites associated with legitimate institutions (which contain much useful material) and others that are not legitimate. Complete a PDF questionnaire that requires you to find information about one of the objects listed. The questionnaire can be downloaded via Wattle. Note that all references and the bibliography should be set out according to the Chicago style:
Word limit (where applicable): 1,000 words
Presentation requirements: complete questionnaire on Wattle and submit by 19 March
Estimated return date: 2 April
Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): N/A
Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): N/A
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5
Take-home visual analysis exam
Details of task: You will be given one week to answer three questions framed around objects, images, buildings, and themes from the course. The first two of these questions
will ask you to compare and contrast two specified works of art and/or architecture studied in the course.
You will be required to answer these questions focusing on the object, image, or space crafting your response with careful visual analysis to demonstrate the key skills of visual literacy that you have acquired over the previous weeks. The third question will ask you to address a particular theme or idea discussed in the course through the analysis of an artwork, building or monument of your choice. This exam is intended to test your skills of visual analysis. It is not a research exercise and does not require the scholarly apparatus of footnotes and bibliography. If, however, you do quote from another source then you should provide a footnote to indicate this.
The questions will be released through the course Wattle page on:
As this is an exam no extensions will be granted and late submission will not be accepted.
Due date: 11 June
Estimated return date: 21 June
Word limit (where applicable): 1500 words
Presentation requirements: upload to WATTLE
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5
Details of task: Essay topics will be based upon the Research Questionnaire. Your essay must include a bibliography, and notes citing the sources of all quotations, paraphrases, and references to specific ideas and arguments. Essays should be 2000 words long.
Essays will be assessed according to the criteria set out in the rubric attached to this document and posted under this document on Wattle.
The essay should demonstrate skills you have developed over the semester and your ability to research, observe, analyse and construct arguments in relation to visual materials. Your essay must answer the question in the form of an argument.
Thorough iconographic and visual analysis of artworks, buildings, or objects should be the major source of evidence to support your argument. However, it is important to write a tight and informed argument, rather than a broad overview of a theme, so you should focus on a few key works in depth (rather than trying to cover an artist’s oeuvre or a whole period). Essays much be formatted in 12 point font, and double-spaced. You must cite the sources of your ideas with footnotes, and a bibliography.
Assessment Rubrics: Assessment Rubric available on WATTLE.
Word limit: 2,000 words
Presentation requirements: upload to WATTLE
Estimated return date: 14 May
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For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.'
Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Modern and contemporary art in Asia; art and nationhood; relationships between tradition and contemporaneity; art and urban development
Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
Dr Chaitanya Sambrani