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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jan Bryant


Looking across a broad range of mediums, including film and photography, students will examine the range of practices which erupted out of the postwar circumstances, through to the dissipation of modernism and the emergence of postmodernism. The influence of 'theory' and political ideology on practice and the objects and images of artists and designers. The challenge to the boundaries between high and low art, and art and design. The role and relationship of Australian art and design to these circumstances.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to identify and understand the critical issues characterising postwar visual practice;
  2. be able to identify and elaborate on the salient elements of postwar styles of art or design;
  3. be able critically to evaluate postwar practices of art and design, and express relations between those practices and contemporary studio production;
  4. have an understanding of the fundamental tenets of the theories and ideologies influencing postwar practices;
  5. possess refined analytical and research skills enabling them to determine points of connection and divergence between the different discipline areas of art and design and historic and contemporary practices;
  6. be able to articulate verbally and in writing a critical analysis of movements and visual images or objects.


Short essay (1500 words) 40%
Long essay (2500 words) including class presentation 55%
Reader discussion 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jan Bryant

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial and 9 independent study hours per week


12 credit points at first year level in Theory of Art & Design, Visual Culture or Cultural Studies


TAD2112, TAD3102, TAD3112