Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedPrato Trimester 2 2015 (Day)


This unit was formerly coded TAD2136


This unit focuses on research in contemporary art and architecture. Using international exhibitions of contemporary art, and/or art historical sites the unit will direct students through a fieldwork program. This will consider the context and conditions of contemporary art and architecture exhibition. Issues of contemporary art and its audiences will be engaged and/or the opportunity for art historical research. Taking advantage of contemporary exhibition opportunities, the unit will allow for a study of a contemporary artist's work in situ and/or a historical artwork.


On the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Research and engage in on site analyses of works of visual art and architecture
  2. Understand and evaluate the cultural, social and physical contexts of contemporary art exhibition.
  3. Engage in research fieldwork.
  4. Demonstrate their awareness of the precedents for, and dimensions of, their own exhibition practice.


One research book (3000 words): 50%
One essay (2500 words): 50%

Workload requirements

3 contact hours per week or equivalent, site visits and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.

See also Unit timetable information


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