• 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, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course will offer students an introduction to the relationships between urban development and the work of artists and designers. The scope of the course is broad, geographically as well as temporally. The disciplinary approaches utilised are similarly wide, including architectural history, urban design, and political theory in addition to the history of art and cinema. The course will offer students an awareness of the deep linkages between art, design, architecture and the urban experience, drawing case studies from Renaissance Europe onwards, but concentrating primarily on industrial and post-industrial urban contexts in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the development of urban culture across several geographical and temporal locations;
  2. relate ideas about the development of urban cultures to contemporary visual culture;
  3. apply interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of relationships between urban culture and contemporary visual culture; and
  4. present comprehensive written and oral arguments about the relationships between urban culture and contemporary visual culture.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay, 1000 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Essay, 2500 words (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Oral presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 8 minutes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 2000 level Art History (ARTH) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARTV2056, ARTV6807 or ARTH6004.

Prescribed Texts

Preliminary Reading

Mossop, Elizabeth and Walton, Paul, eds., City Spaces: Art and Design. Sydney, NSW: Craftsman House, 2001.
Sadler, Simon, The Situationist City. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998.
Penz, Francois and Thomas, Maureen, eds., Cinema and Architecture. London: British Film Institute, 1997.
Kostof, Spiro, The City Assembled: Elements of Urban Form Through History. London: Thames and Hudson, 1992.
Miles, Malcolm, et. al., eds., The City Cultures Reader. London: Routledge, 2000.


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

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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.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9467 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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