ARTH 5209EX - Studies in Australian Indigenous Art
External - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 5209EX Course Studies in Australian Indigenous Art Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 6 Contact Online Course Description The course explores the vast diversity of historical and contemporary Indigenous art practice, with a focus on several painting traditions including bark painting from various parts of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley, Central and Western Desert dot painting, and watercolours from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. Other aspects covered include Indigenous decorated and woven objects and contemporary urban Aboriginal prints and photographs. The course draws heavily on the comprehensive Indigenous collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Key anthropological, ethnographic and philosophical issues arising from the collecting and display of Indigenous art and objects in museums and galleries are also discussed.
Course Coordinator: Professor Catherine Speck
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate the ability to recognise major regional styles in Indigenous art and key Indigenous artists 2 Demonstrate the ability to describe composition, style, and iconography in both written and oral exposition, with a high degree of accuracy 3 Develop cultural awareness 4 Develop critical thinking skills in methodological, historical and theoretical problems 5 Develop problem solving skills 6 Develop "connoisseurship"
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
Required Resources· Course Handbook – distributed prior to the first tutorial
· Course Reader – distributed prior to the first tutorial
Recommended Resources· Recommended text (available at the Art Gallery of South Australia bookshop or online booksellers)
· Lecture and tutorial images (on PowerPoint)
· Barr Smith Library Resource Guide:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe lectures provide broad discussion of selected topics relevant to the history of Indigenous Art, which are complemented by focused tutorial case studies centred on oral presentations and group discussion of the prescribed tutorial readings and images. The lectures are delivered as audio narrated presentations and are posted online prior to the virtual tutorial.
The Gallery sessions will be delivered by Curators at Art Gallery of South Australia. All sessions will be presented as online video clips and podcasts.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The course is composed of eight weeks of audio narrated university lectures (1 hour, 10 minutes) and tutorials (1.5 hours) as well as 4 weeks of gallery art video sessions (2 hours). Students are required to complete the weekly tutorial readings in advance of the tutorials and complete additional reading for their assessment tasks.
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 An Introduction to the Art Gallery’s collection of desert country Indigenous art in Desert Country Week 2 Origins and diversity of Indigenous art Week 3 Hermannsburg and beyond Week 4 Hermannsburg and beyond continued Week 5 Central Desert and Arnhem Land Art Week 6 Arnhem Land Week 7 The history of exhibiting Australian Indigenous Culture Week 8 Indigenous Nineteenth-century Drawing, Printmaking, Jewellery and Artifacts; Thancoupie, Tiwi design and Ernabella fabrics Week 9 Deserts and Islands: Icons, Landmarks and Innovation Week 10 New media and old labels: The urban remote dichotomy Week 11 Contemporary photography, painting and sculpture Week 12 The 21st century Aboriginal Art World
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Assessment task Task type Weighting Learning outcome Video Review Formative and Summative 15% 1-6 Visual Analysis Task Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 Tutorial Presentation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6 Tutorial Essay Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 Research Essay Formative and Summative 35% 1-6
Assessment Related RequirementsThere are four components to the assessment, which must all be submitted to pass. The due dates for assessment are treated as examination dates. Requests for extension stating the reason for the extension must be sent to your tutor for approval in advance of the due date and supplemented by a hard-copy Extension Request form available on MyUni that must be signed off by both student and tutor.
Assessment DetailVideo Review (750 words): students write a review of the video of Desert Country which was an exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia Nov- Feb 2011-2012). Weighting: 15%
Visual analysis task (800 words): students write a comparative visual analysis comparing and contrasting the composition, style and iconography in one of the three pairs of Australian Indigenous artworks held in the Art Gallery of South Australia. Weighting: 20%
Tutorial (oral) presentation: students choose a tutorial topic and present this in a 10 minute oral presentation online via Elluminate classroom. Weighting: 10%
Tutorial Essay (2500 – 3000 words): essay is focussed on the topic of the tutorial oral presentation. Weighting: 20%
Research Essay (3000 –3500 words): students submit a research essay on key themes discussed in the course. Weighting: 40%
SubmissionAll assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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