• 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, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Julie Brooke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2020
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This course considers different methodological approaches to works of art, craft and design in order to illuminate their potential range of meanings. It is structured around seminar presentations and responses by staff, students and academic visitors, including artists, curators and writers, and involves visits to collections and displays at national institutions where different examples of research approaches are demonstrated and tested.

Students are required to choose an art, craft or design object as the focus of their study. This may be a work in any medium. The only requirement is that at some time in the recent past, students have seen their chosen object first-hand. Through discussion with the course convenor and their peers, students will develop a body of research in which the potential meanings of the chosen object are traced in terms of its origins, the collection in which it is housed, relevant current debates and contemporary critical frameworks.

Students will conduct self-directed research that should not simply constitute an account of the object's provenance, but should extend our current understanding of the object through substantiated interpretation. This body of rigorous and focused research will fit within the broader context of the student’s Higher Degree Research project and will provide an original contribution to the field.

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically analyse works of art, design and other forms of visual communication in relation to practice-led research or the thesis proposal;
  2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of selected historical, cultural and theoretical contexts of works of art, craft or design in relation to their practice-led research or the thesis proposal;
  3. identify and creatively apply appropriate modes of analysis, evaluation and comparative critical frameworks to develop original content relating to their practice-led research or the thesis proposal; and
  4. conduct original, self-directed research and present reasoned, referenced, and structured arguments that constitute an original contribution to the field in both written and audio-visual forms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Introductory presentation, 5 minutes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Major presentation and submission of powerpoint, 20 minutes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay, 5000 words (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 30 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days; and

b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be made available on the course Wattle site.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2020 $4800
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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9576 24 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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