ARTH210-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Japanese Art

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course presents an introduction to the arts of Japan, with a particular focus on the art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

This course introduces the history of visual art produced in Japan with a concentration on painting, architecture, sculpture, tea ceremony, ceramics and gardens. The course is presented in a chronological order, and the works under consideration are introduced through a variety of theories. The course begins with the history of Japanese art from pre-Buddhist times until the early 14th century, and thereafter the course concentrates on the art produced from the Muromachi period to the start of the Edo period.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and interpret major periods and trends in Japanese art history to c1650.
2. Understand Japanese art movements to c1650 with respect to cultural ideologies and aesthetic theories.
3. Apply appropriate methodology to discussion of aspects of Japanese art history.

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.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from ARTH, or
60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Course Coordinator

Richard Bullen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 10% Two online quizzes
Essay 1 25% 1,200 words
Essay 2 25% 1,500 words
Examination 40% 3 hours

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

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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.

For further information see Humanities .

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