Critical Studies 1

Course code AART1100
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course will underpin and work in conjunction with the Creative Enquiry courses for first year BFA students and will investigate some of the primary issues confronting art in the twentieth century, including the development of modernism and modernity. This course will introduce a basic understanding of essential concepts such as abstraction, the rejection of the unique art object, the socio-political in art and the radical experimentation of the twentieth century. It will link both art historical narratives with broader cultural, philosophical and socio-political issues and themes.



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of major themes and issues in art history including the development of modernity.

2. Demonstrate developed skills in the analysis of visual art and culture.

3. Demonstrate developed skills in researching the visual arts.

4. Demonstrate developed skills in communicating about visual arts, in both written and verbal forms.


The course will cover fields such as the changing role of the artist in western culture; modernism and modernity; abstraction and the spiritual; political activism in the visual arts; the questioning of the unique object; the ‘white cube’; psychoanalysis, the body and the surreal; visuality and new technologies.


This course is only available to students who are active in Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) or Bachelor of Creative Industries programs.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Project

Written Assignment: Image Analysis Exercise (Mid-Semester)

Presentation: Presentation - Image Analysis - In Class

Online Learning Activity: Image Analysis -Online

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online delivery option may be offered concurrently through the semester (access to this option must be approved by Course Coordinator prior to commencement of course)


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term