HART1000 Great Moments in Art

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides a survey-style introduction to art history from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Each week students are presented with an in-depth study of a significant ‘moment', a canonical artwork that captures its period and culture. These moments are then placed into wider historical, political or social contexts, introducing students to key tenets of art historical discourse. The unit trains students in visual literacy, the reading of images in our increasingly visual world, as well as basic communication and research skills, which prepare students for a range of disciplines.
Students are able to (1) know the basic historical and cultural contexts of some key examples of art and design; (2) undertake basic visual and analysis of the formal properties of art and design objects; (3) use a range of different texts to develop basic historical and critical interpretations of images; (4) acquire the protocols of basic research techniques used in art historiography such as some specialised critical vocabulary, different formats of reporting, essay writing and referencing; and (5) develop basic communication skills in interpersonal relations, oral discussion and essay writing on art and design works.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignment; (2) oral participation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Susanne Meurer
Unit rules
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
This unit examines art as a form of cultural history. In its content and outcomes, it pairs well with the theoretical focus of HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art, but may be taken independently as well.
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.