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HART3330 Art Theory

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the History of Art major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
This unit develops distinctions between genres and periods of writing in the art world and in the academy. It brings students to a level at which they can distinguish art criticism, art history, new art history and art theory from each other, and make judgements about their value as research material. It prepares students for honours work, as well as for art world workplaces by developing research skills already established in Level 1 and Level 2 units. These skills are developed by detailed examination of texts that have played a significant role in the history of art and their adequacy at interpreting the visual art they address. These texts are given historical context and students are expected to understand them alongside their geographical, social, cultural and historical contexts. Students are also required to develop arguments that examine the rhetorical forms and argumentative styles that art writers and art historians put to work.
Students are able to (1) historical and cultural contexts of several areas of art historical study; (2) some key theoretical and historical moments in the development of the discipline of art history; (3) the relationship of different genres of art writing and art history to each other; (4) the relationship that these moments and genres have played in the interpretation of artworks and the development of art movements; and (5) how to evaluate writing about art after the demands of research methodologies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research propsal; (2) oral assessment; and (3) research essay. 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)
Arvi Wattel
Unit rules
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
VISA3330 Art Theory
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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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 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.