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VIS1101 Perspectives in Visual Arts: Movements, Moments and Events

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 22 March 2023


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 provides context for professional creative practice. Therefore, the 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. 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 offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023