AHT3105 - Contemporary international art - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Dr Jan Bryant

Not offered in 2017


This unit was formerly coded TAD3105


This unit considers contemporary international art from a variety of perspectives, with each week aligned to a relevant, local exhibition. The unit covers a range of material concerns: sculptural, painterly, filmic, performative, durational, conceptual and so on. Themes may change in different years, but include such questions as "What is contemporary art?", "How do we define aesthetics after conceptualism?" and "How can art be political today?" The course also covers institutional concerns, such as methods of dissemination, global reach, biennales, gallery contexts and curatorial implications. With help from teaching staff, students are encouraged to focus the assessment tasks on the concerns of their studio practice or art writing and art history interests.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the wider concerns of contemporary international art as they are played out in a local context;
  2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of contemporary Australian art and the various art institutions of Melbourne;
  3. Apply wider aesthetic, political and institutional concerns to particular art practices and institutions.


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


TAD2105, TAD3105, AHT2105