AHT2102 - International art 1945-1990 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jan Bryant


Dr Jan Bryant

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


12 credit points at first year level in Art history and theory, or Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or permission from Unit Coordinator.


TAD2112, TAD3102, TAD3112


This unit was formerly coded TAD2102


International Art 1945-1990 covers the art produced in the second half of the 20th century and its relevance to contemporary practice. Various actions, interventions and critiques of institutions, museums and the art market will be considered, as well as feminist, queer and non-Western perspectives. An objective of the unit is to reach an understanding of the way art-historical discourses promote and exclude certain practices and practitioners (especially due to gender, race, sexuality and location), with an emphasis on incorporating recent research on artists who were previously excluded from the historical "canon".


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a number of major Western and non-Western artists and art movements after the War
  2. Apply a range of methodological approaches to this art
  3. Employ a critical perspective onto existing constructions of art history
  4. Demonstrate an ability to respond to thoughtfully and critically respond to images in one's own words.


Assignment 1,500 words (20%)

Research essay 2,500 words (40%)

Slide test (40%)

Workload requirements

12 Hours per week including; 3 contact hours and 9 hours independent study or equivalent.

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