ARTH111-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Contextualising Art: An Introduction to Art Theory

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


A study of theories of art through central texts, from the 18th century to the present day.

This course centres on key texts from the history of art theory, philosophy of art and aesthetics. It is designed as an introduction to art theory, as an ideal preparation for 200 and 300 level art theory papers, and to broaden and challenge students’ understanding of visual arts practice.    

(Image: "Fountain" by Marcel Duchamp. Photo by Alfred Stieglitz, licensed under public domain.)

Learning Outcomes

  • In this course you will learn:
  •  Knowledge of general theoretical and philosophical ideas relating to the understanding of art and material culture
  •  Knowledge of the history of philosophical thinking about art and material culture
  •  Specialised knowledge of aspects of key ideas in the history of aesthetics and art theory
  •  Understanding of the key methodological and theoretical debates that have shaped the study of art history and material culture

    Transferable Skills:
  •  An ability to think critically in assessing and presenting ideas about art
  •  An ability to communicate clearly in both written and oral forms about philosophical ideas related to art
  •  Confidence in presenting ideas in oral and written forms
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 A3 Lecture Theatre
22 Jul - 1 Sep
16 Sep - 27 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 441
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 441
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 441
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
04 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Zoom
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Richard Bullen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 20% Four quizzes
Written Assignment 10% 350 - 400 words
Essay 30% 1,200 words
Examination 40%

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no set text for this course. Weekly readings will be available through the ‘Learn’ site

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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