AHT1102 - Modernism and the avant-garde - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Rex Butler


Professor Rex Butler

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




This unit was formerly coded TAD1102


The aesthetic, spiritual and ideological energies of the industrial period in painting, furniture, advertising, metalwork and so on. The meaning of works of art and design and the meaning of the standard survey which is traditionally constructed to explain the patterns of art history.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Interpret the cultural significance of works of art and design by placing them in the appropriate social, cultural and artistic climate;
  2. Chart the aesthetic and semantic origins of works and identify their social role, engaging a structured combination of historical information and imaginative conjecture;
  3. Cultivate theoretical curiosity for the increasing alienation of design, art and craft in the industrial period;
  4. Produce a perceptive description of works and imaginatively connect such description with critical awareness;
  5. Present a combination of factual and subjective arguments in an articulate, critical and written manner;
  6. Recognise and champion critical values when conducting visual analysis and purposefully identify subjective habits and assumptions underlying attempts at historical or objective observation.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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