• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Hansen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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 This course explores how spiritual movements, intellectual developments, technological transfers and historical contingencies have been interwoven into visual expressions in Asia through major art historical periods. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, decorative arts and architecture from earlies times to the present will be discussed. Arts from South, Central and East Asia are emphasised, to introduce key art historical periods and cross-cultural interactions. The relationships between art and religions, art and royal patronage, and art and identity are key themes, along with indigenous style and the influence of foreign forms and ideas throughout the historical period.

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. conduct research and visual analyses of Asian art works;
  2. describe the major developments in Asian art and relate subjects and styles to their intellectual, religious, political, and social contexts;
  3. critically evaluate key studies and approaches to the study of Asian art; and
  4. apply methods of art history, drawing on primary texts and other sources, to explain aspects of Asian art.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation, 20 minutes, with PowerPoint submission and annotated bibliography (25%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4
Research essay, 3000 words (45%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
2 x on-line tests, 1 hour each (10% each for a total of 20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Contribution to on-line multiple choice quizzes x 5 (2% each for a total of 10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 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 successfully completed ARTH2059.

Preliminary Reading

Clunas, Craig. Screen of kings: royal art and power in Ming China, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2013.
Mitter, Partha, Indian Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
Brown, Rebecca and Deborah Hutton (eds). A companion to Asian art and architecture, Chichester: Wily-Blackwell, 2011
Journals: Archives of Asian Art, Artibus Asiae, Ars Orientalis


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 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
9801 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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