• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

How do we approach the writing of Art History? Methodologies of Art History introduces students to the history of our discipline; the ideas and theories that are essential knowledge for those wishing to pursue studies in Art History at a higher level. We will explore various approaches and examine in depth the methodological strategies adopted by Art Historians. These include iconographic, semiotic, formalist and materialist methodologies; critical theory, queer theory, feminist and post-colonial critiques; along with the historiography of the discipline focussing on the role of biography, the philosophy of aesthetics, and art criticism.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically examine art historical methodologies;
  2. apply art historical methodologies to their own research and writing;
  3. understand the discipline of art history as it developed from classical antiquity to the present; and
  4. speak with confidence about the methodologies of art history and defend particular view points.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research questionnaire (1500 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  2. Catalogue entry (1000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Wattle forum participation (1500 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  4. Scripted presentation (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  5. Research essay (4000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 52 hours of contact over 12 weeks, comprising lectures, seminars, a gallery study day and a project workshop and

b) 208 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH4017.

Prescribed Texts

D’Alleva, Anne 2010, How to Write Art History, Laurence King, London, pp. 144-169 

Minor, Vernon Hyde 2000, Art History’s History, 2nd edn, Prentice Hall, New York, pp. 29-84 

Preziosi, Donald (ed.) 2009, The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 13-44

Preliminary Reading

Further readings available on Wattle.


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