* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
In this core unit you will be introduced to the specialist language of art and design criticism. You will find that these words have wide currency in contemporary discourse about art and design, and a number of them have a long history. You will be shown what these terms originally meant, how their meanings have changed over time, and their current relevance in contemporary discourse about art and design.
The unit is designed to provide you with a sound working knowledge of the fundamental concepts that inform the discussion of art and design in contemporary culture, and to develop your visual literacy and descriptive language. It is geared to building your understanding of contemporary art in relation to earlier developments in art and design theory and practice and within a broader cultural and historical context. This is vital preparation for students who are undertaking studio units, in which they will be expected to be able to apply the skills acquired for analysing works of art to their own work.
The richly illustrated weekly lectures are broad in scope. You will be shown images of numerous examples of art and design works through the ages, as they relate to the lecture topic and related key terms. In each weekly tutorial session, the main agenda will be to engage in an intensive discussion about one or two pairs of works (related to the lecture topic), and these will be discussed comparatively - in terms of their
1 x 500-word paper (10%), 2 x 750-word papers (each 15%), 1,500-word paper (35%), slide test (25%)
1-hr lecture, 1-hr Art Forum, 2-hr tutorial/workshop weekly (13 wks)
(in the second semester version of this unit there are no face-to-face lectures, lectures are pre-recorded and available through MyLO)
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Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.