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History of pre-industrial art and design ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr Robert Nelson

Caulfield First semester 2005 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2005 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2005 (OCL)

Synopsis: The aesthetic, spiritual and ideological meaning of works of art and design from pre-classical Greece to the seventeenth century. Forms of production include architecture, furniture, ceramics, painting, sculpture, prints and so on. Links between pre-industrial works and contemporary works of art and design are outlined, and works from non-western cultures are related to the western tradition.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, students will: 1. recognise key works of pre-industrial Western art and design and place them in the appropriate cultural climate; 2.consider the relationships between design, art and craft as mutually important partners in visual production; 3.trace the formal and iconographic sources of works of art and design and identify their impact, both historically and critically, in terms of contemporary discourse; 4.describe works perceptively and comment on them with critical discernment, attempting to evoke the expressive content of objects of art and design; 5.present their appreciation in an articulate, critical and imaginative written manner; 6.recognise critical values when conducting visual analysis and cultivate the identification of ideological bias in historical representation.

Assessment: Assignments: 70% + Slide test: 30%

Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial and 9 independent study hours per week