Course Title: Art 1: History+Theory+Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art 1: History+Theory+Cultures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Kristen Sharp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2412

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.4.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to select themes and practices in contemporary art. You will explore how these themes have been addressed in critical theory and different historical and cultural contexts. You will be introduced to a broad range of ideas, methods and cultures of art practice, including how to analyse, research and write about art. These will provide you with the skills and knowledge to establish a strong foundation for your studio practice and will expand your experience of art.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following capabilities:

  • Acquire knowledge of creative practice and theory and their applications to fine art
  • Critically examine global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts to inform your art practice

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and formally describe key art works related to select themes
  2. Analyse and discuss key ideas, histories, theories and cultural contexts of contemporary art
  3. Source artists and their work relevant to your studio projects
  4. Apply and communicate your research through writing and oral presentations

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will explore a range of artists and their work. Lectures will present the theoretical, critical and historical contexts for the creation, reception and understanding of art and culture. You will be encouraged to actively participate in discussions of a range of relevant topics and critical texts, and to apply these to your own studio practice. Seminars will provide a supportive environment and workshops to develop and extend your skills in researching, writing and speaking about art. Where possible there will be opportunities for you to experience first hand the exhibition and presentation of art through gallery and museum visits.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials on your work. You will also have access to online materials, instructional tutorials, and readings through CANVAS and the




Overview of Learning Resources

A wide range of art examples will be presented in lectures and tutorials. Recordings and copies of lecture slides will be posted on Canvas.

Core readings, slide lists and guides about essay writing, research and referencing will also be posted on the Canvas.

To access this go to myRMIT at: and log in.

A course bibliography is available on Canvas with a list of suggested texts for starting your research for assignments.

Research Resources

Students are strongly advised to make use of the online books and journals available through the RMIT university library.

A subject guide with links to relevant resources, including referencing and citation help has been created by the RMIT Library specifically for History + Theory + Cultures students. For more information visit:


On this page you will find a link to a class specific subject guides, which provide recommendations for relevant research sources..


You can also email Grazyna Rosinska, the RMIT School of Art Liaison Librarian, at

Referencing and Citation

Lectures and tutorials/seminars will provide an introduction to correct referencing techniques and writing skills for assignments. You are strongly encouraged to seek assistance with your referencing and citation from your tutor and/or the Course Coordinator.

Additional online advice and activities are available to help you cite and quote your sources correctly, and avoid plagiarism. If you have not already done so, we suggest you work through the activities on the RMIT Study and Learning Centre Learning Lab website


RMIT also has an online guide with examples of how to cite different source material:


Study and Writing Support

RMIT has developed a number of online resources that are available for Hong Kong students to use. Visit the Learning Lab for more information:

Technical Support for Online/Canvas Access

If you have trouble accessing Canvas or downloading materials please contact RMIT Information Technology for help and support (online):

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. You will be given feedback on all your assessment tasks. Assessment:

1) Formal Analysis of an Artwork 15%

2) Annotated Bibliography 35%

3) Written Essay 50%

Written feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and teaching staff can answer your questions during class time. The course coordinator is also available to answer your questions.


Equitable Learning Services:

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.