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

What makes works of art special? Is it because they are unique, original, or rare? What about works of art that are multiple rather than singular: copies, casts, serials, sets, mechanical reproductions and digital works? This course addresses those questions through a historical, theoretical, and technical investigation of multiples. You will explore diverse ways of making and circulating art, and consider how the meaning, impact and value of art works is affected by multiplication. The course will be delivered with a combination of lectures, seminars, studio visits, and field trips. You will engage with studios and workshops at the School of Art and Design, collections of Canberra’s national cultural institutions, and the historical and theoretical expertise of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory to investigate the cultural and historical contexts of multiple works of art and design.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. distinguish, understand and interrogate the historical development of technical processes for multiples;
  2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theories relating to multiples, sets, analogue and digital copies;
  3. identify and locate the significance of multiple works of art and design historically;
  4. research, access, and critically evaluate information on multiples; and
  5. speak and write with confidence on multiple works of art and design at an advanced level.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Description of art making process, a paper of (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,4,5]
  2. Theoretical essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 2,4,5]
  3. Catalogue entry (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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Semester 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.

Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Intensive delivery

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively; and

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2052.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

Corinna Forberg and Phillip Stockhammers (eds), The transformative power of the copy: a transcultural and interdisciplinary approach (Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2017).

Tamara Trodd, The art of mechanical reproduction: technology and aesthetics from Duchamp to the digital (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2015)


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:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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