Introduces students to the art-historical debates that are central to modern visual culture. The onset of modernity enacted radical changes in the production and interpretation of the visual arts. Students will explore the reasons for, and the ramifications of, these changes, and in the process will become familiar with broader theoretical issues concerning the legacy of Western art and the role of visual culture in a range of 19th- and early 20th-century societies.
- Modernity, capitalism and the avant-garde
- Craft versus fine art
- Primitivism and colonisation
- The aesthetics of abstraction
- Utopian visions: art as social critique
- The photographic medium as art
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||recognise the various visual languages and aesthetic philosophies of modernism||Intellectual rigour|
|2||articulate relationships between the avant-garde and modernity in Western cultures||Intellectual rigour|
|3||describe a range of socio-historical contexts of Western modernist art practices||Cultural competence|
|4||demonstrate an understanding of academic writing skills, information literacy, library and online research||Communication and social skills|
|5||achieve effective teamwork skills||Cultural competence|
|6||demonstrate critical comprehension skills and annotation ability for a range of reference materials.||Intellectual rigour|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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