|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
From illegally spray-painted stencils to secret exhibitions in abandoned warehouses to exclusive multi-million dollar art fairs, this subject explores the rise of street art in the contemporary city.
The subject examines the diversity of artists, materials and political impulses that drive street art and graffiti and its shift from an illicit subculture to a mainstream practice. Using examples from Melbourne and other key cities such as New York, Rome and Berlin, the subject investigates how the meaning and impact of street art derive from spatial and social contexts and how street art can provide new ways of understanding a city, as well as broader debates about art, public space and urban development.
Students undertaking this subject will develop skills in identifying, mapping and designing street art in Melbourne’s laneways.
Intended learning outcomes
Students completing this subject will:
- Be able to identify a range of street art in a variety of urban contexts;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of materials and creative practices that comprise street art;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the meaning of forms of street art is shaped by spatial and social contexts;
- Have developed skills in the mapping and design of street art.
Students completing the subject will develop generic skills in:
- research and inquiry, including analysing information and constructing an argument
- visual literacy, including the ability to analyse spaces and objects and articulate findings
- communication and interpersonal skills, through the development of collaborative proposals and presentations
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Photographic documentation and 500 word (max) written analysis of examples of street art (week 5) - 20%
Short Essay- 1200 words (max) - (Week 10) - 30%
Mapping and Design proposals-Small Group Presentations and 1000 words summary of presentation. (Week 12) - 50%
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Daniel Butt Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 24 Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Daniel Butt Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 24 Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Cubrilo, Duro et al (2010). King’s Way: The Beginnings of Australian Graffiti – Melbourne 1983-1993 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press)
Schacter, Rafael (ed.) (2013). The World Atlas of Graffiti and Street Art (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press)
Young, Alison (2014). Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination (London: Routledge)
- Related Handbook entries
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.