Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the contexts in which australian art has developed, applying this knowledge to the analysis of art works
  2. explore the multiple cultural perspectives shaping the production and reception of australian art
  3. demonstrate critical thinking skills and cultural understanding in interpreting material from a broad range of contexts.
    • What Is Australian Art History And When Does It Begin?
    • Early Colonials In A Strange Land
    • Romanticism, Impressionism, and Nation Building
    • World War 1 and Early Modernism
    • Modernism Takes Hold
    • Antipodeans Vs Abstraction, Into The ‘Swinging Sixties’
    • A Time Of Possibilities: Feminism, Radical Behavior, Blue Poles
    • Aboriginal Art On The World Stage
    • Post-Modernism, Post-Colonialism, Post-Pop
    • Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

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


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

From the pre-colonial period to the present day, Australian art explores issues of place, identity, narrative and ideas. In this unit you’ll learn about the complex social, cultural and political histories that have shaped the development of Australian art and its place on the international stage, including the Heidelberg movement, Aboriginal Australian art and contemporary art.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Test (15%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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