Not offered in 2018

Unit description

Introduces students to the critical, art-historical and aesthetic theories that are central to visual culture. Visual languages associated with modernism and postmodernism will be examined from a contemporary perspective, with emphasis on the ideological structures behind historical narratives, and on key socio-political issues that have shaped an understanding of visual practice.

Unit content

1. Art history vs visual culture 

2. Intro to semiotics

3. What is Contemporary Art?

4. Art and Popular Culture

5. Overview of modernism and postmodernism

6. Thinking images

7. Essay writing skills and critical thinking

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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