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ARTV207 Contemporary Art

Development of critical skills and research methods for navigating the complexities of contemporary art. Issues concerning art of the present in local and international contexts.

This paper explores the range and richness of global art production since 1980. Examining artworks in a wide array of media, it considers the many and varied impulses that guide the creation of art in our complex, dynamic and disorientating late modern social environment. Questions raised within the paper include the following: How have art and the art world changed since 1980? Does art still differ from other forms of creativity? What makes contemporary art successful and why? What is the purpose of contemporary art, and can it help to change society? Should art be accessible to everyone, or is special training needed to understand it? In critically considering these topics, students will develop the skills needed to navigate today's global art world.

Paper title Contemporary Art
Paper code ARTV207
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 100-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points or 54 points
ARTH 225
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Erika Wolf
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To introduce students to the broad range of issues around contemporary art
  • To deepen students' understanding of contemporary art in local, national, regional and global contexts
  • To develop students' critical skills for the analysis of contemporary culture
  • To enhance communication, research, and visual analysis skills
  • To introduce students to the diverse range of career paths related to contemporary art

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system