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 Jan Bryant



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit was formerly coded TAD3102


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, student 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%)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)


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


TAD2102, TAD2112, TAD3112, AHT2102