Course Title: Contemporary Art Studies Level 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: VART5141

Course Title: Contemporary Art Studies 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: 32

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

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

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

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.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will establish an understanding of historical, social, political and philosophical influences on artist practice. You will develop a theoretical understanding of an occupational field and related areas; experiences within the subject are vocational, preparing students for a working life and career in the arts. To achieve learning outcomes you will engage in lectures and discussion as developed during tutorial periods, reading list texts for each lecture as support, visiting lecturers/arts practitioners are invited to explore issues discussed with the course. Other learning activities include self initiated research, viewing of related films/slides and exhibitions.

Teaching Schedule

The course is delivered over a 18 week semeter. Students attend lectures and discussions each week.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Readings lists are provided to you to support discussion topics for each lecture.  

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Analytical research essay with supporting references.

Essay on student’s own work

Theory journal.

Assessment Matrix

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