Course Title: Art 4: History+Theory+Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art 4: History+Theory+Cultures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


UGRDFx2019 (AH4)

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 ART 1 History+Theory+Cultures

or ART2 History+Theory+Cultures HUSO 2401

or equivalent.

Course Description

This course will focus on specialised topics/themes considered relevant to contemporary art practice and discourse. You will select one class from a range of offerings each semester.

ART4 provides a sophisticated conceptual, critical, historical and theoretical framework for the study of art. It builds on the skills you developed in ART3 to establish your expertise in art. In this course you will explore a range of artists, ideas and practices and locate them in their appropriate cultural, theoretical and historical contexts.

In this course you will critically analyse and synthesise your knowledge of art by presenting a clear, coherent and independent exposition of your ideas and critical responses through writing and discussion. In ART4 you will further develop your communication skills by presenting expert knowledge about particular cultural and historical contexts with intellectual independence.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • 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
  • Form, develop and invent and vision and philosophy of art in which to base your professional practice or future study

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

  1. Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate concepts, practices, theories and histories in art
  2. Locate art and theoretical material in its cultural and historical contexts
  3. Plan, engage and adapt your knowledge through independent research using appropriate citation in writing and presentations
  4. Effectively communicate knowledge through writing and/or oral activities 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 a supportive environment to facilitate your own independent and critically informed research, discussion, writing and presentation of materials relevant to the topic.

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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. You will be given feedback on all your assessment tasks.

Formative Feedback:

You will receive formative feedback from peers and lecturers on task 1 & 2 during seminar classes prior to submission.

Summative Assessment:

There are two summative assessment tasks for this course:

1) Critical Response to a Specialised Text 50% (1,500 words or equivalent - this may be a written and/or verbal presentation) LO 1,2

2) Extended Critical Essay 50% (2,000- 2,500 words) LO 1,2,3,4

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.