Issues in Contemporary Art offers you the chance to learn about the issues that have faced contemporary art in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, with a strong focus on the historical social, political and cultural contexts. This online unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia aims to develop your understanding of the critical and theoretical underpinnings of various international contemporary art movements.
There is also a strong focus on the relationship between these movements, and how diverse contexts have influenced each other. By comparing different contemporary movements, you are encouraged to draw wider conclusions about issues facing the production of art in the modern world.
Working both in groups and individually, you will draw on personal experience to analyse the links between contemporary art and popular cultural practices. In addition, you will consider the relationship between artists and their communities, and how context affects the production of contemporary art.
To be eligible for this unit you must have a high level of proficiency in the English language.
Areas of study
In the Issues in Contemporary Art unit, the topics you will study include:
Art theory and context
Practices of seeing
Art, politics and ideology
Commodity, culture and desire
Identity and the body
Landscape art and the environment
Modernism and postmodernism
Art science and technology
This unit is an approved elective 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.
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This unit is an essential building block for understanding the practice of contemporary art in modern society. By building your awareness of the issues facing artists in various modern contexts, you will develop a greater awareness of the nature of contemporary art, which will have broad benefits across your studies.
In addition, an understanding of the contemporary art landscape is vital for many careers in the art world. This unit will heighten your critical awareness and prepare you for a professional artistic environment.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Issues in Contemporary Art from Curtin University.
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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).
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