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VIS1201 Ways of Seeing Art

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 : 21 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in VIS1201 if VSA1004 has been previously completed.


The focus of visual art in the tertiary sector has shifted from a focus on the specific qualities of the artist’s medium and biographical history, to a concern with the contextualisation of practice within a diverse and increasingly complex cultural space. As such, this course aims to orientate the student through the complex networks of social, cultural and practical ways of seeing art in the 21st Century. This course aims to develop individual competency in positioning art works and practices within broader cultural concerns to better position the student in an academic context and as a practicing artist.

This is a foundational course in the concepts of visual art. The course will introduce students to different ways in which art can be 'seen', exploring aesthetics, art history, cultural theory and their practical applications. Students will research, identify and investigate the cultural connections that are drawn between objects and their cultural, aesthetic and practical contexts. In doing so, students will establish methods of seeing or reading visual content within a broader cultural landscape, with an emphasis on the role of varied ideologies, the role of perception and critique of cultural objects.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 21 March 2023