This unit of study introduces students to contemporary art, aesthetics and art criticism through the vehicle of critical dialogues. Students engage with fundamental analytical tools that draw on traditional concepts, critical arguments and theories of art. The unit aims to equip students with an understanding of the history of art theory and criticism, contextualised through evolving art practice.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse key theories underpinning contemporary art theory and criticism;  
  2. Interpret, evaluate and apply principles of contemporary art theory to current art practice ;  
  3. Articulate and defend, in both verbal and written form, an individual response to contemporary challenges posed in aesthetics and art criticism in multicultural local communities and the wider global arts arena.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Art exhibition critique and review 40%
Research Paper Masterpiece study (Two parts) 60%
The total combined assessment word equivalence is approximately 4,000 words.

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