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AIS2045 - Australian Indigenous Art and Design

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Robyn Heckenberg


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides students with an historical and contemporary overview of Australian Indigenous Art.The unit contextualises the place of Art in Indigenous culture posing interesting questions and points of view in relation to links to Country, diversity of Indigenous society and art used as a voice piece. The unit will also examine the growth in the participation of Indigenous artists in the marketplace and issues of copyright and intellectual property.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have gained an insight into the importance and relevance of art practice to the core cultural practices of Australian Indigenous societies, including links to the land and the Dreaming
  2. Have been introduced and be able to articulate the complexity and diversity of Australian Indigenous culture as reflected in art and craft (material culture).
  3. Have an understanding of the major issues of concern to Indigenous artists, including copyright and intellectual property issues.
  4. Have discussed and understood how contemporary Indigenous art practice reflects social and political concerns of Indigenous Australians.
At level 3, students will have an understanding of how to critique and analyse the work of Indigenous urban art work.


Poster or alternate presentation (500 words): 10%
short written work (1000 words): 25%
Essay/Report(2500 words): 55%
Journal daily: 10%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week