Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code CAVA231
Subject Name Visual Art, Modernism and the Avant-garde
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36cp at 100 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence VISA221
Assessment Project 25% Assignment; Manifesto 25% Essay 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (29-07-2019 to 21-11-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs lecture & 1 hr tutorial per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Garry Jones
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2019

Subject Description
This subject is an immersion in the history and theory of visual art and culture. it investigates the key historical developments and theoretical debates that have shaped the conception and complex identity of visual art. This subject traces the history of modernity from its foundations in the mid-19th century through the manifestos of the turn of the century, to its radical questioning in the mid-20th century. The aim is not only to review main movements and artists but also to engage with the core questions that modernism addresses: the relationship between art and industry, aesthetics and everyday life and the emergence of a politics of the avant garde. Alongside gaining an understanding of modernism and the avent garde, students also develop formal skills in art history, theory and criticism.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate increased understanding of the key historical and theoretical debates that have shaped visual art and modernism
2. apply formal skills in art history, theory and criticism
3. apply research skills necessary to locate and analyse a broad range of course reading material
4. apply information literacy skills necessary to critically frame scholarly essay writing, including the documentation and citation of bibliographic material
5. apply skills necessary for critically examining research material and presenting it confidently to their peers

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Textbook Information
Students will be advised of recommended texts at the commencement of session
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