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Art and the Environment

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Curtin University, in partnership with Open Universities Australia, has developed this unit in Art and the Environment to enable students to better understand the vital influence that nature has on our forms of expression. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about art and the environment from diverse sources such as Islamic culture, Zen Buddhism and the Christian world.

Explore and interpret the myriad of ways in which cultural ideals have shaped and influenced the creation of garden environments, from Biblical times through to the modern day. Available online, you will have a wide variety of digital resources at your disposal and the opportunity to participate in stimulating virtual classroom environments.



There are no formal prerequisites, although it is recommended that you have studied the following unit:

  • Historical Issues in Art and Design.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture), Curtin University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and (Visual Culture), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Art and Environment unit, the topics you will study include:

  • An Introduction to the topic
  • Wonder
  • Paganism
  • Indigenous Australian art
  • Australian art
  • Landscape and the body
  • Japanese aesthetics and contemporary gardens
  • Islamic, medieval and mannerist gardens
  • Romanticism, the German landscape and national identity
  • Environmental and reclamation art
  • The urban landscape
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

No understanding of art can be complete without insights into the innumerable representations of nature. How might the representation differ from culture to culture? What, for example, does nature mean to a Zen artist as opposed to a Muslim one? This course gives you a grounding in how cultural manifestations of the natural world translate into art, and is useful to the further development of a career in the arts.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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