Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides historical and theoretical perspectives on video art, sound art and digital art practices via investigations into art history, popular culture and the ubiquitous presence of new media technologies in daily life. The unit examines socio-political issues underpinning a range of time-based art practices, with a particular focus on the history of subversive and counter-cultural treatments of new media. 

Unit content

  • Origins of time-based media
  • Cinematic languages
  • New media in Dada and Surrealism
  • Formalist and structuralist treatments of video and sound
  • Music videos
  • Multimedia installation: relational and spatial aesthetics
  • Activist art and the documentary format
  • The digital revolution
  • Video/audio analysis and information literacy

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 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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