TAD3102 - Post-war practices 3A - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Gippsland Centre for Art and Design


Dr Julie Cotter

Not offered in 2017


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.


Minor Assignment: 1000 words (30%)

Major Research Essay: 3000 words (60%)

Tutorial Participation: (10%)

Workload requirements

12 Hours per week, including one lecture hour, two seminar hours and 9 independent study hours.

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Chief examiner(s)


12 credit points at second year level in Theory of Art & Design, Visual Culture or Cultural Studies


TAD2102, TAD2112, TAD3112