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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Luke Morgan


This unit was formerly coded TAD2138


This unit focuses on the representation, design, experience and interpretation of space in Australia and abroad. Concepts of space and place are central to any understanding of modern society and culture and are at the forefront of contemporary scholarship and thought in several disciplines. This unit considers the aesthetics, politics and ethics of a wide range of spatial environments, discourses and encounters, both interior and exterior, public and private, urban and landscape, real and virtual.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be aware of current discourses in a range of disciplines which deal with the representation, design, experience and interpretation of space;
  2. Be able to identify key examples of recent art, architectural and design practice concerned with the articulation of space and spatial experience;
  3. Have an awareness of the historical and cultural circumstances in which these works were produced;
  4. Have acquired a good understanding of the multiple ways in which space is articulated and experienced;
  5. Have developed the skills to perform a critical analysis of spatial environments;
  6. Have become aware of the theoretical and cultural precedents for and dimensions of their own practice.


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

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


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


Must not have passed TAD3138