• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course explores the techniques associated with creating works of art through history and the impact of display and changing context on the interpretation of works of art. Students will be introduced to various techniques and methods used to create works of art, incorporating where possible first hand observation of the processes. Using case studies students will investigate how changing display contexts influence public and critical appreciation of works of art.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skill and knowledge to:

  1. Identify and describe frequently used techniques associated with the making of a work of art.
  2. Discuss orally and in written form the impact of display context on the understanding and interpretation of a work of art.
  3. Discuss orally and in written form issues associated with using various materials in creating artworks.
  4. Analyse relationships between materials and techniques used to create works of art and the display of these objects.

Indicative Assessment

1. Tutorial presentation 15 mins based on a topic from Weeks 2-7: 10% (LO's 1,2,3)

2. 2500 word essay based on the tutorial presentation: 30% (LO's 1,2,3)

3. Tutorial presentation 15 mins based on a topic from Weeks 8-13: 10% (LO's 2,3,4)

4. 2500 word essay based on the tutorial presentation: 30% (LO's 2,3,4)

5. 5 x 100 word 'technique' Q&A, online assessment: 15% (LO's 1,2,3,4)

6. Tutorial participation: 5% (LO's 2,3)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2044.

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed texts will be outlined on the Wattle page.

Preliminary Reading

Newhouse, Veronica, Art and the Power of Placement, New York: Monacelli Press, 2005

Clarke, Michael, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (ANU on-line resource)


Assumed Knowledge

There is no specific assumed knowledge for this course though students are expected to have some basic research skills.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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