Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Using diverse examples of contemporary visual art and selected historical texts, this course engages with current conventions and issues in Australian art and how they relate to broader global histories. Students will gain core knowledge of the ‘artworld’ mechanisms which support careers in the visual arts, including but not limited to studio production, arts management and education.

Contemporary art practice and concepts are critically investigated in this course, with an emphasis on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian artists. Through key texts and artworks students will learn how postmodernism interrupted modernism and paved the way for contemporary art, now a dynamic creative force in the 21st century.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AART1110. Students who have successfully completed AART1110 are not eligible to enrol in AART2000.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply research methods in art history and contemporary art practice;

2. Present knowledge of key visual art concepts and developments through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;

3. Critically analyse a given work of art within its cultural, social and political context in written and/or oral form;

4. Describe a variety of creative approaches to communicating in visual art forms.


Topics will include:

  • The expanded field of art practice;
  • Art as commodity and/or political document;
  • Performance, time-based works and live art;
  • Nationalism, postcolonialism and globalism;
  • Indigenous cultural expression;
  • Analysing key artworks and texts;
  • Identity politics;
  • Art institutions, artistic agency, art audiences and market 


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 40 units at the 1000 level. Students who have successfully completed AART1110 cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Project (40%)

In Term Test: Image Analysis (Slide test) (30%)

Literature Review: Literature Review (30%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.