Perspectives in Art & Cultural Theory 2

Subject FINA70010 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

Hurdle Requirement: 80% attendance at seminars is required to pass this subject.


Mr Edward Colless


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

A series of weekly seminars dealing with the examination of texts and works of art formative in contemporary critical practices. The course is run as a reading group and critical workshop. Discussion is focussed on critical methods and arguments demonstrated in the reading material and, according to opportunity, on current art exhibitions or events.


This subject will enable students to:
• develop an understanding of the professional and institutional practices that comprise the contemporary art profession;
• demonstrate through critical writing and discussion the capacity to articulate judgements and opinions that reflect an understanding of the field;
• engage professionally within the institutional context of contemporary art.


One written paper of 5,000 words, or equivalent (100%).

Prescribed Texts: None
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 will be able to:
• utilise at an advanced level skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation in their own critical response to works of art;
• critically test their own and others opinions and assertions about works of art;
• communicate in a lucid and persuasive manner, verbally and in writing, their analysis, interpretation and evaluation of works of art.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Contemporary Art

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