• 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, Cultural Studies, History, Design Arts, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kate Warren
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course will examine how social and historical change shaped art, design, and curating in the modern and contemporary periods. It will explore the impacts of technology and globalisation, ideologies and institutions on the production, dissemination and understanding of art and design. The formation of modern cultural institutions and markets will be examined, tracing the global development of museums, art galleries and biennales. Postmodern challenges to the histories and institutions of modern art will be studied, including practices based in regional and non-Western cultural traditions, diverse and resistance identities, and disruptive forms of media and engagement.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and apply the principal methodologies of art history and curatorial studies;
  2. analyse the visual, historical and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture in the modern period;
  3. identify major cultural themes and historical paths in modern and contemporary art and design;
  4. research and access information about art history and theory; and
  5. present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Exhibition Review or Artwork/Collection Analysis (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Research essay (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Take-home test (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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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 (lectures, panels, group activities), and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to art galleries, museums and collection on ANU campus and in Canberra.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you are enrolled in, or have previously completed ANUC1120.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Archer, Michael, Art since 1960 (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, London, 1997).

Broude, Norma (ed.), World Impressionism (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, 1990).

Clark, John, Modern Asian Art (Sydney; Honolulu: Fine Art Press; University of Hawaii Press, 1998).

Foster, Hal et al Art After 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (London: Thames and Hudson, 2004).

Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009).

Highmore, Ben, The Design Culture Reader (London: Routledge, 2009).

Smith, Terry, What is Contemporary Art? (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Stephen, Ann, Andrew McNamara, and Philip Goad (eds.) Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (Carlton: The Miegunyah Press, 2007).

McLean, Ian Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art (London: Reaktion, 2106) .

Wood, Paul (ed.), The Challenge of the Avant-Garde (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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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
7404 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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