• 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, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Hansen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course examines the history of art collecting and collections from their origins in temple treasuries, through the private collections of the mediaeval worlds of Europe and Asia, to the role of patrons and princes, past and present in the establishment of art collections and policies. The impact of world exploration and empire on the development of collections and the evolution of public collections are major themes. In addition, contemporary issues regarding collection development will be addressed. The impact of social, political and ethical environments on museum collecting, display and documentation will be explored with particular reference to Australian collections.

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. Outline and present orally and in written form major themes of collecting history.
2. Use electronic resources to find and share information regarding international laws relating to cultural heritage, and discuss their impact on collecting.
3. Interpret and critique commentary, written and oral, related to art collecting internationally.
4. Develop hypotheses regarding potential subtexts within the material itself.
5. Identify, analyse and describe contemporary factors affecting art collection development.

Indicative Assessment

2 x Research Papers, 2000 words each (35% each for a total of 70%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
2 x Tutorial presentations, 15 minutes each (10% each for a total of 20%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Participation - tutorials and online activities (10%) Learning Outcomes 2-4
 

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Workload

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of Art History and Theory (ARTH) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2057 or ARTH6057.

Preliminary Reading

Jonathon Brown. "Kings and Connoisseurs. Collecting art in seventeenth century Europe", Princeton: University Press, 1994.
 
Sarah Thornton. “Seven Days in the Art World”, W.W.Norton and Co: New York, 2008.

Journal of the History of Collections (available as electronic full-text journal through the ANU library).

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9639 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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