• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is not on offer in 2024. MCAP/VCAP students should contact the program convenor to discuss a suitable substitution.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify a relevant research topic in context of their own art practice or specialisation;
  2. develop critical thinking, visual analysis, literacy and academic skills to plan and present an independent research proposal;
  3. undertake an independent research project at an advanced level; and
  4. 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, workshops and completion of set activities (1000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Seminar presentation (10 min, 1000 words + Audio/Visual files) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research statement and essay synopsis (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Long essay addressing independent research question (4000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Readings and other course materials will be listed on the course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have a background and understanding of art or design practice, art history or curatorial studies.


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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $7320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $10200
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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