Critical and Theoretical Studies 1

Subject FINA10003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Lecture and tutorial

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours a week
Total Time Commitment:

2 hours contact plus 2 hours non-contact per week.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirments for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Mr Edward Colless


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the language and methods for critically describing works of art, using examples from the past and present.

  • to provide a clear, basic knowledge and understanding of certain key historical moments and works of art and their contexts
  • to familiarise students with terminology used in the critical understanding of art at a tertiary level
  • to introduce students to methods of study appropriate at a tertiary level

Assessment is based on written assignments with a total of 2000 words, or equivalent in part. Details will be provided in the first week of the semester (100%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Collings, Mathew 2000, This is modern art, Guptill Publications, New York.
Collings, Mathew 1997, Blimey!: from Bohemia to Britpop: the London art world from Francis Bacon to Damien Hurst, 21 Publishing, Cambridge.
Hughes, Robert 1997, American visions: the epic history of art in America, The Harvill Press, London.
Hughes, Robert 1991, Shock of the new: art and the century of change, BBC Books, London.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • comprehend the descriptive and theoretical vocabulary used in contemporary art criticism and art historical studies; and
  • recognize methods and objectives of argument in art criticism and art history.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Art
Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) (VCA)
Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) (VCA)
Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) (VCA)
Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture and Spatial Practice)(VCA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking) (VCA)
Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

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