Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jan Bryant


This unit was formerly coded TAD2102


Looking across a broad range of mediums, including painting, objects, post-object and conceptual art, performance, experimental cinema, video art, actions, interventions, documents and writings, students will examine work from the Americas, Japan, Europe and Australia from the Post-War period through to the late 20th century. The influence of theory and political ideology on practice will be considered, as well as the challenge to boundaries, such as high and low art.


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.


Assignment 1,500 words (40%)
Research essay 2,500 words (60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

12 Hours per week including; 3 contact hours and 9 hours independent study or equivalent.


12 credit points at first year level in Art history and theory, or Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or permission from Unit Coordinator.


TAD2112, TAD3102, TAD3112