Australian Art History

Course code AART3020Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Examines Australian art history using a range of interpretive frameworks. Students are given scope to develop a specialist interest encompassing traditional and contemporary practice. This course will bring students to Newcastle Region Art Gallery to experience directly the materiality of artworks.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:

(1) acquire knowledge of Australian visual culture;

(2) develop an understanding of the evolution of the fine arts on this continent;

(3) gain an understanding of the cultural context in which they work.
ContentThe following broad themes or topics will be developed:

1. Colonialism and nationalsim;

2. Playing the field - abstraction in Australian art;

3. Site, spirit and identity - indigenous and non indigenous perspectives;

4. Contemporary pluralism;
Replacing Course(s)N/A
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 Assignments70% of assessment awarded for successful completion of an essay (3,500 words min.) which engages a significant issue in the construction of Australian art history or the formulation of contemporary art discourse.
Other: (please specify)Participation in seminar/tutorials is required to be eligible for assessment and students must contribute regularly to seminar discussion, demonstrating by these contributions to the class, that relevant readings have been completed.
Presentations - Individual30% of assessment awarded for successful completion of a seminar presentation (twenty minutes in length) exploring an isolated issue relevant to the recent or past history of Australian Visual Arts practice..
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term