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Art History

MajorYear: 2019

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Overview

The Art History program is the premier provider of art historical scholarship in Australia. Thematic and interdisciplinary subjects deal with the theories of art history, art and the market, prints, and other issues. Areas of specialisation include late antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th and 19th century European art, modernism and postmodernism, contemporary art, Indigenous Australian art, and international art.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will:

  • Develop broad critical knowledge and understanding about the field of art history;
  • Acquire competency in the main concepts and issues developed in the discipline of art history;
  • Develop the confidence to produce conceptually and empirically informed analyses of art and the issues surrounding its production, circulation and interpretation;
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the visual arts within different cultures and societies;
  • Understand the importance of an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of art historical inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values.

Structure

100 credit points

Art History is available as both a major and minor sequence in the BA.

A major in Art History consists of eight 12.5-point subjects, totalling 100 points, comprising:

Level 1

Level 2

  • 37.5 points of level 2 Art History Subjects

Level 3

  • The capstone subject Theory and Practice of Art History
  • 25 points of level 3 History subjects.

Total 100 points

A minor in Art History comprises six 12.5-point subjects, totalling 75 points, comprising:

Level 1

Level 2

  • 25 points of level 2 Art History Subjects

Level 3

  • 25 points of level 3 Art History Subjects

Total 75 points

The capstone subject is not available in the minor or as breadth studies outside the BA.

Subject Options

Level 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AHIS10001 Art History: Theory and Controversy
Semester 1
12.5
AHIS10002 Modern Art: The Politics of the New
Semester 2
12.5

Level 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AHIS20002 Australian Art
Semester 1
12.5
AHIS20011 European Renaissance Art
Semester 1
12.5
AHIS20016 Art and Revolution
Semester 1
12.5
AHIS20018 Art, Market and Methods
Semester 2
12.5
AHIS20020 Avant-Garde and Postmodern Art
Semester 2
12.5
GEND20006 Sexing the Canvas: Art and Gender
Semester 2
12.5
AHIS20019 Art in Medieval Europe Not available in 2019 12.5
AHIS20021 Arts of East Asia
Semester 1
12.5

Level 3 Capstone Subject:

Compulsory subject for student majoring in Art History.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AHIS30019 Theory and Practice of Art History
Semester 2
12.5

Level 3

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AHIS30003 The Age of Golden Ages: Art in Europe Not available in 2019 12.5
AHIS30020 Contemporary Art
Semester 2
12.5
AHIS30005 Contemporary Aboriginal Art
Semester 1
12.5
AHIS30021 The Medieval Image: Art and Culture Not available in 2019 12.5
AHIS30022 Global Renaissance
Semester 2
12.5
AHIS30002 Studying Contemporary Art Abroad Not available in 2019 25

Links

http://www.culture-communication.unimelb.edu.au/study/art-history

Last updated: 2 February 2019