FINEARTS 210G Understanding Contemporary Visual Arts Practice

FINEARTS 210G | Open | Summer School & Semester Two 2020 | City Campus | 15 points | Prerequisite: 60 points passed


How does the contemporary art world work? This course presents perspectives on contemporary artistic practices, milieu, and institutions. The course involves active exploration of the local art scene. This includes visits to galleries, and guest presentations from artists, curators, gallerists and critics. The overarching premise for this paper is there are many contemporary art "worlds" (not just a single "art world"), and we will explore the many practices and spaces that constitute these. No prior knowledge or experience of contemporary art is assumed.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to research and participate in contemporary art practices, and discuss examples of practitioners' methodologies and areas of investigation.

Course aims

  • Develops your understanding of contemporary artists' methodologies and the institutional structure of the art worlds that surround them.
  • Encourages you to explore contemporary art in a gallery setting.
  • Increases your capacity to read critically and analytically in secondary sources about contemporary art.
  • Develops your formal writing skills in relation to contemporary artistic practices.


FINEARTS 210G is fully assessed by coursework. There is no final examination.

The coursework consists of two assessment tasks:

  • Academic summary and response assignment: 40% 
  • Synthesis and response essay: 60%

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Course co-ordinator:

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