Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course will introduce students to primary issues and changes in western art throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A theme based approach will be used to engage students critically with topics that specifically relate to the production of art and its reception during this period. Art historical narratives will be linked with broader cultural, philosophical and socio-political issues. Students will gain basic theoretical knowledge, forming a context for conceptual developments in studio practice.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

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 a basic knowledge of theoretical concepts and changes in art history through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;

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.


A theme based approach will be used to explore topics such as: materiality and process, new technologies and the handmade, the changing role of the artist, social relevance, gender and identity, political perspectives, art institutions and communities, corporeality, the readymade and site specificity.


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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Project

In Term Test: Image Analysis (Slide test)

Presentation: Image Analysis Presentation

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