• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design

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. This research will include a contextualised account of the object's history and provenance, and an exploration of different modes of analysis and interpretation. Students should seek to extend our current understanding of the object through substantiated interpretation.

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse works of art, design and other forms of visual communication;
  2. evaluate selected historical, cultural and theoretical contexts of works of art in relation to their study object;
  3. identify and apply appropriate modes of analysis, evaluation and comparative critical frameworks; and
  4. present reasoned, referenced, and structured arguments 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) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay (4000 words) (60) [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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 6000 level or 8000 level Art History (ARTH) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV8107.

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.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6463 01 Oct 2023 TBA TBA 31 Dec 2023 In Person N/A

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