- Code ARTH8022
- Unit Value 12 units
- 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, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Erica Seccombe
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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This course introduces students to developing and critically addressing an independent research question relevant to their own art practice or field of specialisation. Providing strategies to help refine, structure, and present a position and argument, it is aimed at students engaged in either practice-led research or art history and art theory. Students will learn to frame research questions, articulate construct logical arguments and explore ways to understand and contextualise their research. To deepen their critical understanding of art within historical and contemporary contexts, students will develop skills in writing and oral communication by locating, interpreting, and critically evaluating key information from academic resources. It is structured around seminar presentations and guest lectures, including academics artists, curators, and writers, and involves visits to collections and displays at national institutions where different examples of research approaches are demonstrated and tested.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify a relevant research topic in context of their own art practice or specialisation;
- develop critical thinking, visual analysis, literacy and academic skills to plan and present an independent research proposal;
- undertake an independent research project at an advanced level; and
- demonstrate critical points of view in a reasoned, referenced, and clearly structured analysis in both written and audio-visual forms.
- Participation in class forums, workshops and completion of set activities (1000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Seminar presentation (10 min, 1000 words + Audio/Visual files) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research statement and essay synopsis (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Long essay addressing independent research question (4000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered over 12 weeks
and b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra and guest lectures.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Readings and other course materials will be listed on the course Wattle site.
Students will have a background and understanding of art or design practice, art history or curatorial studies.
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