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VIS1101 Perspectives in Visual Arts: Movements, Moments and Events

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Johanna Park


Enrolment is not permitted in VIS1101 if VSA1000 and VSA2000 has been previously completed.


Visual arts students need familiarity with the fundamental historical and contemporary ideas within visual arts dialogues that have defined key movements, moments and events. Familiarity with these ideas underpins the material delivered in subsequent visual art courses, and provide context for professional creative practice. Therefore, aim of this course is to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to begin to contextualise art practice in terms of historical ideas and contemporary debates. This will underpin the material delivered in subsequent visual art courses, and provide context for professional creative practice. Overall, this course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge required to contextualise artworks in terms of historical and contemporary visual arts perspectives.

This course will present an overview of artists, movements and events in terms of the historical evolution of visual culture and ideas. Students will be taught and develop skill required to research, describe, explain, interpret and reflect on seminal events, histories and artistic developments. Across this course, students will compare a range of art movements and key artists through critical discussion and ongoing conceptual and visual concerns. Students are encouraged to consider how these historical foundations underpin and inform directions in contemporary art practice.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the development of artistic practices and ideas through a range of art movements, moments and significant events;
  2. Express ideas about historical and theoretical perspectives clearly and logically in writing, and articulately support these through a foundational approach to research and analytical discussion;
  3. Apply knowledge of the development of contemporary visual art concepts through a broad engagement with historical and contemporary thought, and establish links between these;
  4. Develop and articulate ideas about key movements, moments and events of historical and contemporary art, based on individual engagement with the course content and self-directed research.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The development of artistic practices through the early, mid and late 20th Century 25.00
2. Identify and discuss historical and theoretical art perspectives
3. The influence of historical movements and ideas on the development of Contemporary art

4. Identify, research and analyse art practice through key movements, moments and events 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Robertson, McDaniel 2016, Themes of Contemporary Art, Visual Art after 1980.
Smith, T 2019, Art to Come, Histories of Contemporary Art.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
WRITTEN ESSAY 50 1,2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022