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ARHT3633: Australian Art: Mainstream to Marginal

2024 unit information

What are the current debates and issues driving Australian art, film and visual culture In interrogating present-day cultural perspectives, this unit examines, analyses and reinterprets the relationship between colonial and contemporary imagery through screenings, on-site gallery visits and the study of works held in university and other local art and film collections.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Art History

Code ARHT3633
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Film Studies or 6 credit points at 2000 level in Art History and CASF1001 and CASF1002
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a broad understanding of key issues in Australian art, film and visual culture. They will be introduced to art historical research methods through course content and through practical processes of research and inquiry. They will learn to critically analyse and evaluate contemporary artworks in a range of media. They will acquire new knowledge through independent research, with a focus on developing independent thinking, analysis and project management.
  • LO2. acquire the skills and confidence to communicate their knowledge of Australian art, film and visual culture in written and verbal form. They will engage in classroom experiences that allow them recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others, and furthering their own learning.
  • LO3. develop the ability to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts (for instance, on site in an art gallery, or evaluating films, videos and related art works in unconventional public spaces). They will gain experience in working effectively in teams and other collaborative contexts.
  • LO4. develop an understanding of how to use information effectively in a range of contexts. They will recognise pertinent information needs; use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access and use information; critically evaluate the sources, values, validity and currency of information; and use information in critical thinking.
  • LO5. engage critically with ‘real world’ social, cultural and ethical issues through on-site seminars and through assessment tasks, and apply local and international perspectives to extend their knowledge of Australian imagery.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote

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