• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kate Warren
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
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The focus of this intensively-delivered course is writing on and about the creative arts and the visual arts in particular. It is aimed at students engaged in either practice-led research or art history and theoretical research in the creative arts. It introduces a variety of strategies and models for experimenting with voice, structure and content and addresses writing for different contexts - academic, art museums and the visual and creative industries more generally. The aim throughout is to develop students' critical awareness of various ways of writing and skills and confidence for writing at an advanced level.

Students, they will write about an art or design subject of their choice in order to develop their capacity for critical awareness through self-directed research. Through this investigation they will incorporate a variety of strategies to experiment with voice, structure, content and writing styles for different contexts.

Students are encouraged to contact the course convenor to discuss their choice of subject.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. experiment with different modes and voices for writing on the creative arts;
  2. evaluate others’ writing about the arts;
  3. evaluate and explore ways of writing about art works, materials, processes and /or performance;
  4. apply course material to extended writing exercises; and
  5. speak with confidence about an aspect of writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Written keyword assignment, 500 words (10) [LO 1,3]
  3. Presentation (10 minutes) with written paper (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Essay, 4000 words (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days; and

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 6000 level or 8000 level Art History (ARTH) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV8207.

You will need to contact the School of Art and Design to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts, however copies of required readings will be posted on the Wattle site prior to the intensive.

Preliminary Reading

Barrett, E and Bolt B. (eds.) Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry. London: IB Tauris 2007

Carter, P., Material Thinking: The Theory and Practice of Creative Research. Melbourne: MUP 2004

Williams, Gilda. How to Write About Contemporary Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2014. 


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 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1604 27 Jan 2020 07 Feb 2020 21 Feb 2020 03 Apr 2020 In Person N/A

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