• 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, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ARTH2165

The aim of this course is to encourage students to engage with different theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting images. It will cover a wide range of primarily western theories of the image including marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, and phenomenology. It also deals with the culture industry, film, the televisual and with recent theories of technology. Students will be encouraged to think about how the various different interpretative methods addressed in the course might relate to their studio.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting images in visual art discourse.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to identify relevant theoretical and historical frameworks and apply them to contemporary visual art discourse and to your own studio practice.
  3. Present written and oral arguments which are reasoned, structured and coherent.
  4. Compare and evaluate important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting images in visual arts discourse.

Indicative Assessment

Oral Presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 12 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-3

Essay, 4,500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks (a total of 3 hours contact per teaching week)
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 previously completed ARTV2031, ARTV6031 or ARTH2165.

Preliminary Reading

Harrison, Charles and Wood, Paul (ed), Art in Theory 1900-2000: an anthology of changing Ideas, 2ndd Edtion, Wiley-Blackwell, 2002. Part VII: Institutions and Objections, and Part VIII: Ideas of the Postmodern

Indicative Reading List

Harrison, Charles and Wood, Paul (ed), Art in Theory 1900-2000: an anthology of changing Ideas, 2ndd Edtion, Wiley-Blackwell, 2002. Part VII: Institutions and Objections, and Part VIII: Ideas of the Postmodern

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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