Critical Studies 2

Course code AART1110
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course will underpin and work in conjunction with the Creative Practice courses for first year BFA students and will investigate primary issues confronting art in the twentieth century and twenty-first centuries. It will build on issues and themes begun in AART1100. It will address the historical rejection of the artistic values of Modernism, recent critical developments in Postmodernism and contemporary art. It will link both art historical narratives with broader cultural, philosophical and socio-political issues and themes.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Gain appropriate skills in research methodology in art theory and history;

2. Acquire knowledge of the cluster of theoretical concepts and art trends which characterised the Postmodern era as it is now historically defined, and introduce the global contemporary art field;

3. Develop the ability to critically evaluate a given work of art, within its cultural context.

4. Develop the ability to express informed analysis in written and verbal form.


The course will cover fields such as defining the ‘postmodern’; art and popular culture; feminism, sexuality and gender; representation, the real and the ‘hyperreal’, the museum effect; death of the artist; art in the public domain, including public space, land and ecology; postmodern design and architecture ; consumerism, art and money.


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.

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Project

In Term Test: Image Analysis (Slide test)

Presentation: Image Analysis Presentation

Presentation: Presentations - Image Analysis - Individual

Contact Hours



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


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