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Unit Overview


Australian art examines the ways in which art has mediated the politics of identity in Australia since settlement. Key issues are the roles of nationalism, landscape and place, the changing influences of provincialism and European culture in the shift from colonial to postcolonial times, and the impact of Indigenous cultures.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) have a good knowledge of the historical development of Australian art; (2) know how to use theories of identity and place to interpret Australian artworks within the historical contexts of colonialism and postcolonialism; (3) use a range of different texts to develop through sophisticated argument historical, critical and theoretical interpretations of depictions of the body in art; and (4) acquire an advanced level of competency in communication skills in interpersonal relations, oral discussion and essay writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a seminar presentation and (2) an 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 Sally Quin
Unit rules
any Level 2 History of Art unit
VISA3300 Australian Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
Re-enrolling students can take this unit at Level 2 or Level 3 and are not required to meet the prerequisite. Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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  • 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.