Art and Fashion - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (35%) , Presentation (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Learn about the relationship between art and fashion in historical and contemporary contexts. Influences on art and their reflection in fashion are considered both chronologically as well as thematically. Explore links between the development of industrialised societies, their customs, desires and the development of consumerism.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of issues concerning the relationship between art and fashion in historical and contemporary contexts
  2. review, assess and critique a range of theories and issues
  3. develop written communication skills to enable the analysis of visual culture in relation to relevant theory.
  • Essay (35%)
  • Presentation (45%)
  • Test (20%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You must have a high level of proficiency in the English language and competent essay writing skills.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Fashion and Art
2The Belle Epoque 1900-1914
3Paris in the 1920s
4Mannequins and Surrealism
5Fashion, Art and Ideology
6Post-War - 'The New Look'
7Sixties 'Cool'
8Anti Fashion 1968 -1972
9Commodity Culture in the 1980s
10Diversity in the 1990s
11Fashion and Art in the 21st Century
12Perspectives on Fashion and Art in Australia

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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