Course Title: Context And Culture Level 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: VART5143

Course Title: Context And Culture Level 3

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Linda Erceg

Ph: +61 3 9925 4125

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

Details of Learning Activities

You will visit local galleries 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 . You will participate in discussion and viewing of artist’s work in an exhibition context. You will be required to keep a journal of class notes and experiences. 

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered over a 18 week semester.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.

To keep up-to-date with galleries in both the metropolitan and regional areas consult the monthly ART ALMANAC ($4.00 from newsagents & bookstores)

Overview of Assessment

Exhibition Report  80%
Theory Journal     20%

Assessment Tasks

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.

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.

Assessment Matrix

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