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Unit Overview


This unit explores the exciting possibilities of using cutting-edge technology to examine art, archives, material culture, spatial history, and the built environment. Students will delve into the world of digital tools that researchers and museum professionals use to analyse and visualise various forms of artistic expression and material culture, including AI, 3D modelling, network graphing, and digital mapping and storytelling. These tools are revolutionising the way we examine art history, archives, heritage, material culture, and the built environment and are transforming museum collections and displays.

Beyond exploring digital art history, and the digital humanities more broadly, this unit aims to equip students with the skills to adapt to emerging technologies, to discern when and how to use these technologies in research, education, and professional work, to critically evaluate data and the tools representing it, and to effectively integrate technology into various academic and professional contexts.

This innovative unit focuses on hands-on and collaborative learning and welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) explain how digital tools are revolutionising the way we examine art history, archives, heritage, material culture, and the built environment and transform museum collections and displays.; (2) utilise digital tools to analyse and visualise different forms of artistic expression and material culture.; (3) analyse and compare the advantages and limitations of various digital tools in the context of art historical research and museum collections and displays.; (4) critically assess data generated by digital tools and evaluate the reliability and validity of the results.; and (5) design and execute hands-on projects using digital tools to enhance the understanding of objects, buildings, cities, and landscapes..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) discursive learning (participation, online discussions, oral presentation and interactive digital journal); (2) digital tools exercises; and (3) final project. 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)
Arvi Wattel
Unit rules
Successful completion of
HART1000 Great Moments in Art
or HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Contact hours
Seminar (2 hrs per week) and workshop (1 hour 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.