A close analysis of ways in which historically major individual artworks can have meaning, and a demonstration of a variety of theoretical, cultural, historical and aesthetic approaches to interpretation in art.
Interpreting Artworks is focused on the close analysis of individual artworks and
monuments spanning from the 12th century to the present day. The paper consists of
twelve modules, most of which are structured around the interpretation of one particular
artwork. This is not a chronological survey of art. The emphasis is more on examining
key concepts and issues in the interpretation of art rather than a given style or
It is hoped that by the end of the paper students will be equipped with the fundamental skills for understanding, decoding and critically evaluating art in its many forms and contexts. This can only be gained through a sustained and detailed engagement with specific works of art.
|Paper title||Interpreting Artworks|
|Subject||Art History and Visual Culture|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- ARTH 114
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- More information link
- View more information about History, Art History and Visual Culture on the Department's website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Judith Collard
- Course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Life-long learning, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information
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- Learning Outcomes
- To cultivate in students a love and understanding of art that will enrich their lives
- To introduce students to diverse interpretive strategies in the study of art
- To develop basic research skills for art history and theory
- To introduce students to the different approaches that can be taken in researching and discussing art history and theory