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Unit Overview


Students are introduced to influential areas of critical thought that have developed inclinations within art practice and discourses surrounding contemporary art. Through readings, seminar-based discussions and presentations, students develop an understanding of the scope of theoretical paradigms relevant to their art practice. The unit aims to prepare students for independent research with the necessary skills to identify, discuss, debate, clarify and communicate concepts resident in critical thinking around art.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Fine Arts [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) distinguish the nature of historical art theory in relation to evolving contemporary art practice; (2) evaluate pertinent examples of theoretical thought relevant to the student's evolving artistic practice; (3) articulate a discerning understanding of the relationship between critical thought and artistic practice; (4) explain the function of multidisciplinary areas of critical thinking within the discourse of art theory and forms of art; and (5) form coherent discussions on critical thought that demonstrate a clarity of considered argument within established conventions of academic writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentation; (2) summary analysis; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ionat Zurr
Unit rules
The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Fine Arts major.
VISA4002 Fine Arts Honours Seminar 2: Critical Thought
Advisable prior study
ARTF3050 Advanced Major Project
Contact hours
seminars: (up to) 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.