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Art in the Age of Revolution

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Some of the most significant artistic movements of the modern age were borne out of the shifting face of European society during the 18th and 19th centuries.

In this online unit, Art in the Age of Revolution, offered by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, you'll explore some of the most critical historical underpinnings of artistic and ideological movements like Romanticism, Classicism and Realism.

Understand the political and social contexts of each movement, as you examine issues such as the French Revolution, industrialisation and the role of women and femininity in art history.



In order to enrol in this unit, it is recommended that you have completed the following unit, or possess equivalent knowledge:

  • Historical Issues in Art and Design

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

  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art and Visual Culture), Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture), Curtin University
  • Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
  • Diploma 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 history unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is art history?
  • The enlightenment
  • Neo-classicism
  • The French Revolution
  • The Industrial Revolution and emergence of modern political thought
  • Romanticism
  • Women artists and the definition of femininity 18/19th century
  • The impact of new technologies of reproduction
  • Realism
  • Courbet, Manet and the emergence of the avant-garde
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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

An appreciation for the socio-historical contexts contributing to modern art will position you well across any field of art theory. You'll complete this unit with a sound understanding of the often volatile factors that spurred some of the most recognisable art movements of the modern age. You will also receive credit for this unit in a number of art and visual culture degree programs.

Payment options & support

Finance options

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

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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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