- Code ARTH4017
- Unit Value 12 units
- 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, Visual Arts
How do we approach the writing of Art History? Methodologies of Art History introduces students to the history of our discipline; the ideas and theories that are essential knowledge for those wishing to pursue studies in Art History at a higher level. We will explore various approaches and examine in depth the methodological strategies adopted by Art Historians. These include iconographic, semiotic, formalist and materialist methodologies; critical theory, queer theory, feminist and post-colonial critiques; along with the historiography of the discipline focussing on the role of biography, the philosophy of aesthetics, and art criticism.
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:
- Critically examine art historical methodologies.
- Apply art historical methodologies to their own research and writing.
- Understand the discipline of art history as it developed from classical antiquity to the present.
- Speak with confidence about the methodologies of art history and defend particular view points.
Indicative AssessmentResearch questionnaire, 1500 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Catalogue entry, 1000 words (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Wattle forum participation, 500 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Scripted presentation, 3000 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4
Research essay, 4000 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
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Workload260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 52 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3-day intensive in week 1 (21 hours), 3-day intensive in week 8 (21 hours), study day at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia in week 10 (7 hours), study day/exhibition visit in week 12 (3 hours); and, b) 208 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
D’Alleva, Anne 2010, How to Write Art History, Laurence King, London, pp. 144-169
Minor, Vernon Hyde 2000, Art History’s History, 2nd edn, Prentice Hall, New York, pp. 29-84
Preziosi, Donald (ed.) 2009, The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 13-44
Completion of a cognate major.
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