History & Theory of Art Authentication

Subject 360-811 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This unit introduces the basic theoretical framework and methodologies used in art authentication. The unit examines the history and theory of art authentication practice with a particular reference to the Australian art market. Students will gain a sound theoretical grounding in issues pertaining to art authentication. Topics and issues dealt with will lead to an understanding of the characteristics of a coherent approach to authentication, from a wide multi disciplinary base, including art historical, legal, ethical and practical. Issues considered will also include an introduction to common fraud approaches, using a series of case studies.

Assessment: Written word totalling 4,000 words
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this unit will:

Develop a sound knowledge of the history and theory of art authentication practices

Understand the elements of art authentication procedures

Understand the reasons and benefits of a multi disciplinary approach

Be able to identify the key components of the authentication process

Gain an insight into the methods of the art forger

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Art Authentication

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