The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Examines the range of approaches to contemporary writing in the visual arts. Although the scope of the material included will be wide, including popular media texts, the emphasis will be on developing creative, speculative and innovative approaches to writing art theory.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Acquire skills to critically analyse contemporary writing in the visual arts;

2. Develop an understanding of the interrelationships across research, writing and arts practice;

3. Refine and adapt writing and research skills toward developing innovative strategies.


The following topics will be developed:

  • Art criticism in the popular press
  • Text as art
  • The art catalogue
  • Museums and art theory
  • Writing art history
  • Reading art theory
  • Research for writing

Assumed knowledge

Equivalent to 20 units of 1000 level Art Theory courses and AART3000.

Assessment items

Project: Essays / Written Assignments

Written Assignment: Exhibition Critique