Course Title: Art 2: History+Theory+Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art 2: History+Theory+Cultures

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Kristen Sharp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2412

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of ART1 History+Theory+Cultures HUSO 2399 or equivalent.

Course Description

ART2 provides opportunities for you to gain expanded knowledge about art, and a set of concepts, terms and critical approaches to thinking about and discussing art. This is designed to support independent research and the practice of art.

You will develop the critical skills to summarise and interpret key artworks and texts, ideas, developments, terms and contexts relevant to art. This will enable you to analyse, speak and write about contemporary art and its theoretical, cultural and historical contexts.

This course will focus on a broad topic/theme considered relevant to contemporary art practice and discourse. You will select one course from a range of offerings each semester.

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. Examine and interpret ideas, histories and practices relevant to art.
  2. Identify key cultural, theoretical and historical contexts that influence art
  3. Independently research a broad topic/theme relevant to contemporary art and appropriately use citations in writing and presentations
  4. Apply and communicate your knowledge and research through writing and discussion using appropriate terminology

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 guided workshops to develop and extend your skills in researching, writing and speaking about art. Where possible, there will be opportunities for you to experience firsthand 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 seminars. You will also have access to online materials, instructional tutorials, and readings through Canvas and the


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Required readings, examples and lists of works, guides about essay writing and referencing will be posted on Blackboard. A list of additional research sources will be distributed through blackboard that you may find useful for assignment work.

The RMIT University Library has extensive resources for fine art students. In both Melbourne and Hong Kong you will be able to access relevant titles through the following online subject guide

The Library also provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via the subject guides. See the following link for details

The libraries in Melbourne and Hong Kong also have quality print resources specifically for your fine art studies. Consult with the teaching staff for specific suggestions and access to these resources.

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.

There are three summative assessment tasks for this course:

1) Presentation (written or oral) 20% (week 4)

2) Visual Concept Map or Annotated Bibliography 30%

3) Discussion Paper 50%

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: