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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Palmer


The discourses of European modernism and the salient tenets of its practice consolidated in the 1890-1945 period. The impact of technological developments including the development of new printing methods, photography and film. Expressionism, futurism, cubism, constructivism and suprematism, dada and surrealism, Bauhaus and de Stijl. The avantgarde as an agent of change and its influence in defining social, political and aesthetic roles for artists and designers. The significance and meaning of the visual image particularly in propaganda and the creation of national identity.


On successful completion of this unit, student will:

  1. be able to identify the basic tenets of the major movements in art and design in the first half of the 20th century;
  2. have an awareness of the major bodies of thought shaping the Western world during this period. have an awareness of the major bodies of thought shaping the Western world during this period and an understanding of how these ideas may continue to influence their own practice;
  3. possess refined analytical and research skills enabling them to determine points of connection and divergence between the products of artists and designers;
  4. be able to identify the cultural and historical circumstances in which these products have been produced;
  5. identify and understand the developments specific to the refinement of Visual Communication practices during this period;
  6. have developed the skills to articulate verbally and in writing a critical analysis of visual images;
  7. perceive the critical link between theory and practice (practice both as studio and the praxis of art writing).


Short essay (1500 words): 40%
Long essay (2500 words) including class presentation: 55%
Reader discussion: 5%

Contact hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial per week


A second year sequence in TAD units for faculty course students or permission for all other students.


TAD2101, TAD2111, TAD3111