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This subject concentrates on developments in art and culture in the twenty-first century. It is oriented by the proposition that the displacement and disparagement of postmodernism over the past decades has resulted in an upsurge of new artistic modes, concerns, and aspirations.
Students will explore the language and methods for critically describing and interpreting works of art, using examples from the contemporary era. Through study of select works of art, students examine historical, social, cultural and political contexts. This subject develops from Critical and Theoretical Studies 1–3, introducing more advanced modes of critical interpretation in the visual arts together with a focus upon collaborative skills.
Critical and Theoretical Studies 4 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:
- classify and differentiate key works of art and social contexts of the contemporary era;
- critically identify and explain terminology used in the critical understanding of contemporary art;
- perform visual and textual analysis of contemporary art;
- apply methods for critically describing and interpreting works of contemporary art;
- demonstrate skills in academic literacy and contemporary research methodologies specific to the visual arts;
- develop and refine collaboration skills and demonstrate these skills in the execution of contemporary art research and presentation;
- demonstrate a capacity to critically evaluate collaborative contemporary art research.
Last updated: 31 January 2024