• 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, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course introduces key concepts, methodologies, and debates in contemporary craft and design for students of the humanities and the arts, from their ancient origins and historic development, through the enduring legacies of the modernist canon, to the new materialisms of the twenty-first century. Focusing on the conjoined themes of making and display, we will examine the fundamental points of tension between handmade and mechanised production, the unique and the mass-produced, the studio and the factory, and the intersection of craft and design with digital platforms and technologies, from Instagram to 3D printing. A wide range of contemporary craft and design practices and ideas across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas will be considered in terms of cultural context, social significance, historical inheritance, and systems of value (aesthetic, economic, political, spiritual and individual).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of key issues in contemporary craft and design;
  2. relate key issues in contemporary craft and design to broader scholarly debates;
  3. analyse and interpret contemporary craft and design objects; and
  4. present written and oral arguments about contemporary craft and design.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Object analysis (1,000 words) (25) [LO 3,4]
  2. Essay (2,500 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Tutorial presentation (8-10 minutes) (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2]

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Semester length delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1,000 level courses.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course. Readings will be available via Wattle.


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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