AHT3301 - Indigenous Australian art, practice and ways of knowing - 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)

Dr Brian Martin


Dr Brian Martin

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


AHT1101, AHT1102




This unit offers students a synopsis of Indigenous Australian art and practice as a vehicle for the production of knowledge. This unit promotes an examination of Indigenous cultural productions from an Indigenous viewpoint and lens, which enables students to experience not only an acquisition of content of Indigenous practice but through a unique methodological Indigenous approach. Students examine historical and recent cultural productions to learn about their significance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture, society and its knowledge economy and its relationship to the broader Australian historical, cultural and political space. Lectures and tutorials provide students with necessary knowledge and a platform to engage with this knowledge in an appropriately ethnographical and experiential way. These lectures provide insight in to Indigenous production in context of pre-colonial history, an imagined post-colonial trajectory through to its interactivity with de-colonisation and the onset of new materialism. Students will develop a deep understanding of the relationality that Indigenous culture has with the premise of Country, its impact on practice and its relationship to their own place and situated experience.


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

  1. Develop an appreciation, understanding and critical reconfiguration of the cultural value of Indigenous art and practice;
  2. Recognise and discuss the major art forms of Indigenous art and practice;
  3. Critically examine and evaluate the changes to Indigenous art and practice through colonisation;
  4. Examine the historical development and impact of Indigenous art and practice on the broader Australian artistic and cultural context;
  5. Reflect on the value of Indigenous art, practice and knowledge in their own situated experience.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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