Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art


Dr Daniel Palmer, Dr Leonie Cooper



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit was formerly coded TAD1101


This unit is an introduction to visual cultures from the perspectives of art, design and architecture. Key themes within contemporary visual culture are discussed in terms of aesthetic, technological, historical and ideological contexts. Students develop critical skills in analysing the diverse artefacts and practices of art, design and architecture and communicating their significance in verbal and written forms.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have the ability to:

  1. identify works of art, design and architecture and place them in cultural contexts
  2. recognise relationships between art, design and architecture in the development of visual culture
  3. engage with key issues and concerns within contemporary visual culture
  4. critically analyse works of visual culture and communicate their findings in verbal and written form
  5. identify contemporary visual culture with an awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues


Written Assignment 1,000 words (30%)
In semester assignment (visual test) (30%)
Research essay 2,000 words (40%)

Workload requirements

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

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