• 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, Visual Arts, Museums and Collections, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Robert Wellington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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Each year a world-leading researcher is selected by a competitive process for the Sir William Dobell Visiting Chair award in the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory. This advanced research seminar provides students the opportunity to study the topics of current research by the Sir William Dobell Visiting Chair. The seminar will change each semester to align with the Visting Chair's work, allowing students to develop professional research skills by aligning their study and assessments with the Chair's research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. evaluate a subfield of art history and curatorial studies in a sophisticated and nuanced fashion to reveal past and current debates in academia and in public discourse;
  2. design a professional research project, accounting for the complexities of institutional and public politics;
  3. question how to make a substantive contribution to research beyond the immediate field of art history and curatorial studies; and
  4. work collaboratively to a professional standard as part of a research team while taking responsibility for specific tasks.

Other Information


Indicative Assessment

  1. Bibliographic exercise (2,000) (20) [LO 1]
  2. Draft assignment (2,000) (20) [LO 2]
  3. Final assignment (3,000) (50) [LO 3]
  4. Group presentation (1,000) (10) [LO 4]

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260 hours of total student learning time that may change depending on the seminar.

Indicative only:

a) 36 hours of face-to-face seminars over 12 weeks.

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Available on Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Available on Wattle

Assumed Knowledge

Students must be able and prepared to engage with art historical discourse and research at a level appropriate to the chosen course.


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.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $12000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9046 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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