The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Students will critically engage with key themes and movements in Western art from the mid-19th to late 20th centuries. The course connects art historical narratives to creative practice and develops knowledge of social, cultural and political issues. How did artists, audiences and institutions respond to radical changes in technologies and ideologies? This content contextualises studio-based practice and develops skills for careers in the visual art sector (education, art criticism, curatorial and other museum and/or gallery-based work).

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of major themes and issues in art history from Modernism through to contemporary practice.

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.


Topics may include:

  1. An emphasis on art works, architecture and art-historical texts;
  2. Technological advances in modernity;
  3. The development of new visual languages;
  4. The dynamic role of the artist;
  5. Self-expression and social representations;,
  6. Art institutions and audiences,
  7. Political radicalism and the avant-garde

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Project 50%

In Term Test: Image Analysis (Slide Test) 25%

Presentation: Presentation - Image Analysis (In Class) 25%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 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