Course Title: Context And Culture Level 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

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

Julia Powles

9925 4215

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

Students will visit local exhibitions in class groups. 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.
Students will keep a notebook with comments made in response to the exhibitions viewed.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:             Introduction to Context and Culture, group discussion about Galleries.

Week 2-16:       Gallery Visits      

Week 17-18:     Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

D’Allena, Anne. How to write Art History, Laurence King publishing, London, 2006
Sturken, M and Cartrwight L. Praqctices of Looking:An Introduction of Visual Culture. Oxford University Press, 2001
Mirzoeff, Nicholas. An introduction to Visual Culture. Routledge, 1999

Art Monthly, Art News, Art and America, Flash Art, Art and Australia, World Art

To keep up-to-date with current exhibition in both metropolitan and regional galleries students are requested to consult the Art Almanac

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 exhibtions 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 must include notes taken during gallery visits.

Assessment Matrix

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