• 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, Cultural Studies, History, Design Arts, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course will examine how social and historical change shaped art and design in the modern and contemporary periods. It will explore the impacts of technology and globalisation, ideologies and institutions on the production, dissemination and understanding of art and design. The formation of modern cultural institutions and markets will be examined, tracing the global development of museums, art galleries and biennales. Postmodern challenges to the histories and institutions of modern art will be studied, including practices based in regional and non-Western cultural traditions, diverse and resistance identities, and disruptive forms of media and engagement.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and apply the principal methodologies of art history and theory;
  2. analyse the visual, historical and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture in the modern period;
  3. identify major cultural themes and historical paths in modern and contemporary art and design;
  4. research and access information about art history and theory; and
  5. present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial presentation (1000 words) (20) [LO 2,4,5]
  2. Research questionnaire (500 words) (20) [LO 1,4,5]
  3. Take-home visual analysis exam (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Research essay (2000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures (lectures, panels, group activities), and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to art galleries, museums and collection on ANU campus and in Canberra.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you are enrolled in, or have previously completed ANUC1120.

Prescribed Texts

None

Preliminary Reading

Archer, Michael, Art since 1960 (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, London, 1997).

Broude, Norma (ed.), World Impressionism (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, 1990).

Clark, John, Modern Asian Art (Sydney; Honolulu: Fine Art Press; University of Hawaii Press, 1998).

Foster, Hal et al Art After 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (London: Thames and Hudson, 2004).

Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009).

Highmore, Ben, The Design Culture Reader (London: Routledge, 2009).

Smith, Terry, What is Contemporary Art? (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Stephen, Ann, Andrew McNamara, and Philip Goad (eds.) Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (Carlton: The Miegunyah Press, 2007).

McLean, Ian Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art (London: Reaktion, 2106) .

Wood, Paul (ed.), The Challenge of the Avant-Garde (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999)

Fees

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:
14
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.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5631 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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