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A study of theories of art through central texts, from the 18th century to the present day.
This course centres on key texts from the history of art theory, philosophy of art and aesthetics. It is designed as an introduction to art theory, as an ideal preparation for 200 and 300 level art theory papers, and to broaden and challenge students’ understanding of visual arts practice. (Image: "Fountain" by Marcel Duchamp. Photo by Alfred Stieglitz, licensed under public domain.)
In this course you will learn: Knowledge of general theoretical and philosophical ideas relating to the understanding of art and material culture Knowledge of the history of philosophical thinking about art and material culture Specialised knowledge of aspects of key ideas in the history of aesthetics and art theory Understanding of the key methodological and theoretical debates that have shaped the study of art history and material cultureTransferable Skills: An ability to think critically in assessing and presenting ideas about art An ability to communicate clearly in both written and oral forms about philosophical ideas related to art Confidence in presenting ideas in oral and written forms
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
There is no set text for this course. Weekly readings will be available through the ‘Learn’ site
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.