Course Title: Contemporary Art Studies Level 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

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

Anthony Riccardi

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

Lecture / tutorial with AV support: reading list; student-initiated research; and viewing of related films/slides and exhibitions

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:            Introduction
Week 2:            Postmodrnism 1
Week 3:            Postmodrnism 2
Week 4:            Postmodrnism 3
Week 5:            Postmodrnism 4
Week 6:            Postmodrnism 5
Week 7:            Feminism and Gender 1
Week 8:            Feminism and Gender 2
Week 9:            Feminism and Gender 3
Week 10:          Art and Politics 1
Week 11:          Art and Politics 2
week 12:           Postcolonialism
Week 13:          Issues in Australian Art
Week 14:          Class Discussion
Week 15:          Class Discussion
Week 16:          Class Discussion
Week 17:          Assessment
Week 18:          Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Archer, M. Art Since 1960 1997
Edgar, A & Sedgwick, P. key Concepts in Cultural Theory 1999
Taylor, B. The Art of Today 19995
Cahoone, L.E. From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology 1996
Bertens, H. The Idea of the Postmodern - A history 1995

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Annalytical research essay
Class participation

Assessment Matrix

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