Critical Studies 1

Course code AART1100Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this 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.
ContentThe 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.
Replacing Course(s)AART1210
TransitionStudents who have completed AART1210 are not permitted to enrol into AART1100.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSTANDARD & ONLINE DELIVERY: Image Analysis Exercise. Due mid-semester. Focus is on Course Objectives 2 & 4
Essays / Written AssignmentsSTANDARD & ONLINE DELIVERY: Written Project (1400 words). Due end-of-semester. Focus is on Course Objectives 2, 4, 5.
Other: (please specify)ONLINE DELIVERY ONLY: Image Analysis Exercise (in place of in-class presentations in standard delivery mode). Focus is on Course Objectives 2 & 4.
Presentations - ClassSTANDARD DELIVERY ONLY: Image Analysis - in class during Semester (date to be advised). Focus is on Course Objectives 2 & 4.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentRequisite - Enrolment in this course is limited to students in the Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AART1100