Contemporary Art Issues

Course code AART3000Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

The emphasis in this study is on the examination and critical analysis of topical theoretical issues in the contemporary visual arts. A series of audio-visual lecture presentations and forums will extend the student's knowledge beyond the boundaries of particular studio disciplines and a focus on written articulation of argument will prepare the impending graduate for research in the visual arts.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:

(1) acquire an informed awareness of contemporary trends in various art mediums;
(2) develop critical perspectives on, visual arts based issues and an understanding of how they impact on their own practice;
(3) refine writing and research skills appropriate to the needs of a graduate visual artist.
ContentWith the empasis determined by prevailing issues, topics will be drawn from the following:

Relation between art and advanced technology;
Changing perception of the arts in contemporary society;
Political art;
Gender issues and the arts;
High art and popular culture;
The crafts and media chauvinism;
Artists rights and censorship;
Sponsorship and corporate collections;
Public art strategies;
Education in the arts;
Using the Press or Mass Media;
Role of public and private galleries.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBFA Students equivalent to 20 units of 1000 level Art Theory courses.
BA (Creative Arts) Students completion of AART1210 or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne essay (4500 words) presenting a critical analysis of a contemporary art issue relevant to the student's interests and practice. 80%
Group/tutorial participation and contribution75% minimum attendance is required at tutorials to be eligable for assessment
Presentations - IndividualOne tutorial Presentation 20%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term