Critical Issues in Contemporary Art B

Subject FINA60014 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

10 hours per week

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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:

This subject provides students with a critical encounter with current, contemporary art practice and theory, and speculates on the directions contemporary art may be taking. The course focuses on cultural developments that have been significant since postmodernism by examining prominent exhibitions and critical publications throughout this period. The course adresses and evaluates innovative as well as retroactive or revisionary artistic practices and theories that each characterises what has increasingly become collectively dubbed 'the contemporary'.


Building on the skills acquired in the previous semester, students should be able to critically comprehend and discuss, in a lucid and persuasive manner, their responses to and interpretation of contemporary works of art and theory.


Written reveiw-mode of textual analysis (2,000 words), ude week 6, (40%)

3,000 words essay, due assessment period, (60%)

Hurdle Requirement: 80% attendance at both lectures and tutorials is required to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

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