AHT2137 - Art and the moving image - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Rex Butler


Dr Jan Bryant

Not offered in 2018


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


This unit was formerly coded TAD2137


The overall objective of this unit is to gain an understanding of the history of the moving image as it sits in a contemporary art context. The course will cover a range of moving image works, from feature-length films produced with a cinema audience in mind to short films and artist-made films made for art audiences, gallery installations and non-cinematic modes of projection.


On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  1. understand the dynamic role played by the moving image in modern and contemporary art;
  2. be familiar with key issues in the history of international and Australian art in the modern and contemporary period, as they relate to the moving image;
  3. be able to identify the cultural and historical circumstances in which these artworks have been produced;
  4. identify and understand the developments specific to the constant innovation of moving image practices during this period;
  5. have developed their ability to think creatively and express their ideas clearly in written communication.


Assignment 1500 words (40%)

Research essay 2500 words (60%)

Workload requirements

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

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