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Unit Overview


This unit examines the meaning and materiality of art through a series of object-based seminars. Working directly with object collections, students will explore how qualities such as medium, scale, and display help shape the interpretation and experience of art. These seminars engage a variety of themes that will enhance how students analyse and historically contextualise artworks, while also introducing techniques for art handling, conservation, and exhibition design. Each week is designed as a new experiment with object-based analysis and encourages students to learn through both hands-on experience and direct observation.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) apply knowledge about materials and artistic practices to the analysis of works of art; (2) employ effective analytical and research skills in written work; (3) formally analyse and historically contextualise a work of art in an oral presentation; (4) demonstrate an understanding of exhibition design and object analysis in a written proposal; and (5) understand and implement best practices for the handling of art objects.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short weekly writing; (2) discursive learning; and (3) exhibition proposal. 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)
Associate Professor Emily Brink
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ARTF2000 Curatorial Practices
or HART2274 Introduction to Museum and Curatorial Studies
Advisable prior study
ARTF2000 Curatorial Practices
and HART2274 Introduction to Museum and Curatorial Studies
Contact hours
Two-hour seminar and one-hour online work
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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.
  • 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.