The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The emphasis in this study is on the examination and critical analysis of topical issues in contemporary visual arts, particularly from the last 10-15 years. It will expose students to a range of new global art practices and to the parameters of current and leading edge debates.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an informed awareness of contemporary trends in various art mediums

2. Show an understanding of critical perspectives on visual arts based issues and an understanding of how they impact on their own practice

3. Demonstrate writing and research skills appropriate to the needs of a graduate visual artist


With emphasis determined by prevailing issues, topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Relational and socially-engaged art
  • Post-production, sampling and appropriation
  • The hyperreal and the digital
  • The mundane and the everyday
  • The Indigenous frame
  • More than Post Modern - Regional Modernisms
  • Globalism and the artist as traveller
  • The 'new sincerity'
  • Art and technology - from bio- and eco-art to the post-human
  • Interspecies art
  • The 'new spiritual'


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 40 units at the 2000 level.

Students must have successfully completed 40 units at 2000 level to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Analysis Exercise