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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore the art historical canon from the Renaissance through to Impressionism. It will provide a chronological survey exploring key artists and ideas that shaped artistic practice in the context of rapid social and cultural change and technological developments. This period represents one of the most important in the history of art, when many fundamental ideas about art and artists were developed, such as; the rise of the status of the artists; the development of the artist's workshop; the concept of authenticity; collecting and the birth of the museum, and the role art plays in the expression of power and identity. Periods covered in this chronological survey will include the Early and High Renaissance, the Baroque, Neoclassism, Romanticism and Impressionism. As well as developing a knowledge of the specific contexts in which art was produced, students will also develop an understanding of the technical achievements of artists and will begin to develop critical and observational skills for the continued study of art history.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Beaven

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWeekly lectures, prescribed readings and tutorial participation. Completion of required assessment tasks in the form of the visual research exercise, major essay and visual test

Capstone subjectNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop foundational knowledge of the Western art historical canon from the Renaissance to Impressionism.
02. Develop, research and evaluate ideas and concepts through critical and reflective thinking and writing.
03. Develop foundational observational skills to discuss visual art objects utilising language that is appropriate to the art history discipline.
04. Develop an understanding of the visual arts during the period of study in the context of the society in which it was made.
05. Develop a broad understanding of how art is made and responds to its cultural, political and historical context.

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