• 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 the history of key materials and techniques associated with the practice of art and design through history, with a focus on the role that changing contexts of display have played in our understanding of these disciplines. We will examine various processes and media used by artists and designers, from ceramics and textiles to painting and digital fabrication, across a wide range of historical, cultural, and political contexts, from early modern studioli and wunderkammer to contemporary art galleries and online collection databases.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and describe frequently used materials and techniques associated with the practice of art and design;
  2. critically analyse and interpret the relationship between materials, techniques, and contexts of display;
  3. relate key issues in the study of materials, techniques, and contexts of display to broader scholarly debates; and
  4. present written and spoken arguments about the use and understanding of various materials, techniques, and contexts of display.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Case-study analysis (1,500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Tutorial presentation (8-10 minutes) (20) [LO 1,4]
  3. Essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2]

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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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 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.  

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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