• 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, Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sarah Scott
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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The course will examine the emergence of the modern print in Early Modern Europe and trace its development up to the present day. Questions of technique, from etching, lithography and relief prints, through to photograph-based printmaking and the computer-digitised image, will be considered in considerable detail. Questions of what constitutes an original print and some of the theoretical implications of these definitions will be discussed. Although the course will examine the heritage of European and American printmaking, a major focus will be twentieth-century printmaking in Australia. Extensive use will be made of the major collections of Australian and international prints in public collections in Canberra. This course may be delivered as a semester length course or offered as an intensive.

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. Distinguish and understand the historical development of printmaking technologies including relief printmaking, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting and digital printmaking
  2. Link developments in printmaking with changes in the social functioning of printmaking
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of printmaking in contemporary culture
  4. Research and access information on printmaking and critically evaluate it
  5. Speak and write with high levels of confidence on printmaking

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation, 10 minutes, and paper of 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1,2,4,5
Research essay, 3000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Visual Analysis, 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1,2,4,5

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Semester delivery
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.
Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.
Intensive delivery
130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days (9am-5pm); and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2052.

Preliminary Reading

Roger Butler, Images in Colonial Australia 1801-1901, Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2007.
Roger Butler, Printed Images by Australian Artists 1885-1955 (v2), Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2007.
Susan Tallman, The Contemporary Print from Pre-Pop to Postmodern, London: Thames and Hudson, 1996.


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
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4486 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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