Introduction to History of Art and Design - 2017

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Unit summary

VIS18

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Investigation (45%) , Essay (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as VIS18 Historical Issues in Art and Design.

An introduction to some of the major ideas and events in the history of art and design from the ancient Greeks to 1880. Intended as a basic introduction to the history of ideas and the effects such ideas have had on the evolution of art and design. While the unit has a Euro-centric bias, ideas from other cultural histories are introduced. Students are taught the visual literacy needed to be able to understand the history and the contemporary practice of art and design.

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

  1. research the major developments in Western art history and explain how they were related to the cultural context in which they occurred
  2. visually identify and critically analyse artworks in terms of their period
  3. demonstrate and present clear articulation of ideas and research results using appropriate technologies.
  • Assignment — Investigation (45%)
  • Essay (35%)
  • Test (20%)

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.

NumberTopic
1Western Philosophical Thought
2Indian art
3Chinese and Japanese art
4Islamic art
5Gothic art
6The Renaissance
7The Reformation and Counter Reformation
8Neo-classicism
9Romanticism
10Realism to Impressionism
11Expressionism
12Modernism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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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.
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