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This subject introduces students to language and methods for critically describing and interpreting works of art using examples from the earliest known artistic forms to the late nineteenth century. A broad range of historical, social, cultural and political contexts underpinning artistic production are explored.
Critical and Theoretical Studies 1 includes an embedded program in academic literacy skills in analysis, discussion, essay writing, research and information retrieval, and is designed to complement accompanying studio-based programs.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- describe and appraise key historical works of art and their cultural contexts;
- use appropriate terminology in describing works of art;
- perform basic visual analysis;
- distinguish methods for critically describing and interpreting works of art;
- undertake basic academic work using art-specific bibliographic tools.
Last updated: 20 February 2024