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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Pre-colonial Australia
    • Colonial Australia
    • The rise of nationalism
    • Early twentieth century
    • The emergence of modernism
    • A changing culture
    • Aboriginal Art on the international stage
    • Postmodern art
    • The critique of settler colonialism
    • The contemporary context
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
    • Other Materials
      • CD ROM

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

  1. explore a range of issues in relation to Australian art while referring to relevant contemporary and historical contexts
  2. compare and contrast issues from a range of cultural perspectives
  3. evaluate the integrity of diverse sources of information, compare and contrast differing cultural perspectives in historical and contemporary visual culture.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

Learn about the diverse histories and philosophies shaping the development of Australian art from pre-colonial times to the present day. Emphasis will be given to understanding the social and cultural context in which Australian art practices operate. Topics include the Heidelberg movement, early Modernism and Indigenous Australian 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.

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