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NM2017 - Visual Arts in Perspective

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

The unit is designed to provide students with a sound working knowledge of the history and theory of arts practice. This subject will examine key theories that provide explanations for why the arts are of value to us. This is an important foundation subject, as it will assist students to see how artists in the past have used symbolic means, sound, and movement to communicate with an audience. In this subject, students will also examine the way in which people working in the arts exercise creative imagination to make culturally significant or insightful works which contribute to our understanding of our life. An important aspect of this subject is the skill of academic writing. Participation in all tutorials will ensure that students learn the writing skills needed to complete the assessment tasks. Research skills including the correct use of referencing will be taught, practiced and assessed in the unit. Writing about art is of value as this process enables us to reflect upon and clarify what we know. Writing enables us to understand the aims of arts practice at a deeper level and it helps to imagine more persuasive work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify illustrate and/or describe significant movements and theories underpinning the history creative arts practice;
  • Describe, analyse and compare significant movements and creative works in terms of their form, content, and social and historical context;
  • Communicate with others during group discussions and through structured concise, descriptive and analytical writing about art history, art movements, creative works and the meaning and value of the arts;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the self- transformative nature of arts practice.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Robyn Glade-Wright.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours - 12hrs online lectures and 26 hrs online discussion board
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: presentations (10%); multidraft Essays (40%); timeline powerpoint (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.