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This course examines the history, theory and practice of writing about visual art.
This course provides a historical and theoretical framework within which to understand the nature and purpose of writing about art and art criticism. To this purpose, the course is presented in two parts. The first part follows the history of writing about art from the Italian Renaissance to Modernist critics and beyond. We examine the nature of their work, and clarify what they themselves understood as the kind of activity they were engaged in. The second half focuses on particular issues and problems related to writing about art and art criticism.
1. Understanding of the history of writing about art, from the Renaissance to the present day. 2. Ability to identify and explain key characteristics of art writing in general, and the character of individual writers about art, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. 3. Awareness and understanding of the nature of critical and historical art writing, and aesthetic issues related to writing about art. 4. Understanding of – and ability to describe – the relationship between the art object and critical writing about it.
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Any 15 points at 100 level from ARTH, or60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
There is no textbook for this course. All readings are available through the course’s 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