• 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, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Erica Seccombe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2021
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Delivered as a five day intensive, this course introduces students to a variety of approaches for generating, developing and analysing works of art or design for independent research. Providing strategies to help refine, structure and present a position and argument, it is aimed at students engaged in either practice-led research in or art design, or art history and art theory. Students will develop an individual point of view in relation to their own research practice or field of specialisation, learning to to frame research questions, construct logical arguments and explore ways to understand and contextualise their research. In order to deepen their understanding of art & design within historical and contemporary contexts, students will develop skills in writing and aural communication by locating, interpreting and critically evaluating key information from academic resources. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on a visual analysis of works of art or design which the student has seen in person.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. select a key work of art or design in order to identify potential research topics;
  2. develop critical thinking, visual analysis, literacy and academic skills to plan and present an independent research proposal in an area of interest; and
  3. demonstrate critical points of view in a reasoned, referenced, and clearly structured analysis in both written and audio-visual forms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation in class forums and completion of set activities (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Seminar presentation 10 min, 1000 words + Audio/Visual files (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Major essay independent research 4000 words (70) [LO 1,2,3]

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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 are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV8821.

Prescribed Texts

no prescribed texts

Preliminary Reading

All readings will be available on the Wattle Course site

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have a background in creative practices .


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3632 15 Mar 2021 19 Mar 2021 16 Apr 2021 21 May 2021 In Person View

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