Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


Artistic expression is intelligible because its creators and audiences share preferences, philosophies and outlooks. These preferences are shaped in artistic and social movements and have often had enduring influence over artistic style and social thinking. This course gives students the opportunity to explore some of the variety of aesthetic approaches, both historical and contemporary, and develop an understanding of the integral relationship between them, their role in society and realisation in the arts with a view to establishing the meaning and validity of critical judgments concerning creative artworks, and the principles underlying or justifying such judgments.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Accurately explain and analyse the origins of aesthetic movements, preferences and styles

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the background social, technological and cultural issues that shape aesthetic preference

3. Apply knowledge of aesthetic styles to contemporary creative works

4. Engage effectively in the appropriate mixing and interaction of aesthetic preferences in the realisation of creative works.


Topics may include:

  1. historical and contemporary aesthetic styles and codes
  2. the process and development of aesthetic systems in society
  3. examples of aesthetic realisation in many art forms
  4. activities related to exploring aesthetic realisation.


This course is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) programs.

Assessment items

Essay: Written essay

In Term Test: Image Test

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term