Course Title: Contemporary Art Studies Level 3

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5048

Course Title: Contemporary Art Studies Level 3

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 32.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2007,
Term1 2008,
Term1 2009

Course Contact: Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

Students analyse in detail the influence of specific prominent philosophical concerns upon contemporary art and design.
Contemporary Art Studies is designed to continue students’ investigation of various contemporary art forms and to introduce other issues relevant to art practice. Emphasis is placed on recent developments within contemporary art practice. Classes are presented thematically.
Delivery is in the form of lectures with discussion developed during tutorial periods. Visiting lecturers and arts practitioners are invited to illustrate issues discussed within the course.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART5775C – Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBS651 Contemporary Art Studies Level 3

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the principal themes of two major philosophical concerns. The views of discussion should be drawn from feminism, post modernism, post colonialism, gender or Marxism.
2. Discuss the influence of selected philosophical theory upon contemporary art and design in Australia.
3. Evaluate the effect of philosophical theory upon one’s work.

Overview of Assessment

1. Analytical research essay 40%
2. Essay on student’s own work 40%
3. Theory journal 20%