Course Title: Context And Culture Level 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5143

Course ID: 020954

Course Title: Context And Culture Level 3

School: 340T Art

Program Code: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

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Nominal Hours: 48

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

VART5142 – Context & Culture level 2

Course Description

In this course students analyse philosophical theory and its relationship to art production. Context and Culture also develops and extends the individuals art practice through developing a range of research techniques and applying research directly to practice. Students enter into a theoretical discourse with their developing art practice with the intention of enriching and broadening the work. Students view a range of international and national art practice with an emphasis on viewing art works directly, when possible, and utilising a range of research tools (i.e., internet, periodicals) to view other works. Students document their research, and the application of that research in their practice, their exhibition report and in their visual journal.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS653 Context And Culture Level 3

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss visual artistic expression within specific political/social theory
2. Evaluate art works produced as expressions of specific philosophies
3. Develop personal artistic philosophy

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Students will visit local exhibitions in class groups : A or B.
Groups will meet at designated galleries and will participate in a gallery talk and tour led by the curator/manager of the gallery .
Students will participate in discussion and viewing of artist’s work in an exhibition context.


Teaching Schedule

21 Feb2General Introduction: Group A
28 Feb3General Introduction: Group B
7   Mar4Excursion 1: Group A
14 Mar5Excursion1: Group B
21 Mar6Excursion 2: Group A
28 Mar7Excursion 2: Group B
4   Apr8Excursion 3: Group A
18 Apr9Excursion 3: Group B
2   May11Excursion 4: Group A
9   May12Excursion 4: Group B
16May13Excursion 5: Group A

All students: Hand in Exhibition report and Theory Journal to Kellyann at Visual Arts Reception.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

D'Allena, Anne. How to Write Art History, Laurence King Publishing,London, 2006


Sturken. M and L. Cartwright. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas. An Introduction to Visual Culture. Routledge, 1999.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Exhibition Report  80%
Theory Journal     20%

Assessment Tasks

1            Exhibition Report               80%

Students will submit 1 exhibition report of 1500 words choosing from the exhibitions visited during the semester.
Students will be expected to apply research methods and develop a conceptual approach to understanding and interpreting visual culture.
The Exhibition Report is due to be handed up in week 13 – the last class on Wednesday May 16th.

All exhibition reports must be typed. Late submissions will only be allocated a ‘pass’ grade. Please ensure you have a copy of your report before submitting in case it is lost or misplaced – this is your responsibility.

2      Theory Journal                           20%

Students will be required to submit a journal of class notes for assessment.
The theory journal is a record of participation and should include notes taken during the gallery visits.

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