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

This course will offer students an introduction to the relationships between urban development and artistic production. The scope of the course is broad, geographically as well as temporally. The disciplinary approaches utilised are similarly wide, including architectural history, urban design, and political theory in addition to the history of art and cinema.

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. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the development of urban culture across several geographical and temporal locations.
2. Relate ideas about the development of urban cultures to contemporary visual culture in light of theorisation on urbanism.
3. Apply interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of relationships between urban culture and contemporary visual culture, including insights from human geography and architectural theory in addition to art history.
4. Present sophisticated and detailed written and oral arguments about the relationships between urban culture and contemporary visual culture.

Indicative Assessment

Oral Presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 12 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Essay, 4500 wds (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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2 hours of lectures and a 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks (a total of 3 hours contact per teaching week). Students are expected to commit a further 94 hours of independent study over the semester. Total 130 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARTV2056, ARTV6807 or ARTH3004.

Preliminary Reading

Lehmann, Steffen, ed., Back to the City: Strategies for Informal Urban Interventions: Collaboration between Artists and Architects. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009.
Gastman, Roger, Street World: Urban Culture from Five Continents. London: Thames and Hudson, 2007.
Emden, Christian, et. al., eds., Imagining the City. Oxford; New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
Sennett, Richard, Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization. New York: W.W. Norton, 1994.
Kostof, Spiro, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History. Boston, Mass., Little, Brown and Co., 1991.

Mossop, Elizabeth and Walton, Paul, eds., City Spaces: Art and Design. Sydney, NSW: Craftsman House, 2001.
Sadler, Simon, The Situationist City. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998.
Penz, Francois and Thomas, Maureen, eds., Cinema and Architecture. London: British Film Institute, 1997.
Kostof, Spiro, The City Assembled: Elements of Urban Form Through History. London: Thames and Hudson, 1992.
Miles, Malcolm, et. al., eds., The City Cultures Reader. London: Routledge, 2000.


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

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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
9079 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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