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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedPrato Trimester 3 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bronwyn Stocks


The emphasis of this unit will be on individuals and cities that have made a profound impact on and helped to shape the cultural identity of Italy. A major thematic focus will be the exploration of the communication of ideas, values and beliefs via the tangible visual evidence of art, architecture and urban fabric. Particular emphasis will be placed on Medieval and Renaissance periods, with relevant connections made to themes current in contemporary art practice.


By the successful completion of this unit, students will have acquired the following skills:

  1. a working knowledge of and ability to identify and summarize key art historical periods.
  2. a working knowledge of key themes (these include patronage, body, space, religious and social ritual, perspective, and narrative) and their articulation within the visual culture of key art historical periods
  3. the ability to demonstrate the function and importance of art and art practice within the social, political and religious context of these historic periods, and to be able to articulate this in oral and written expression.
  4. the ability to identify and critically analyse significant artistic changes and innovations that characterized these periods; and to be able to articulate this in oral and written expression.
  5. the ability to identify and critically analyse how these changes and innovations influenced art and culture and have continued to do so to the present day; and to be able to articulate this in oral and written expression.
  6. The ability to work both independently as scholars, give and receive critical feedback and to participate actively in group discussion activities.


Two assignments (1250 words) each 25% of total mark. A research project (2000 words) 50% of the total mark.

Chief examiner(s)

Bernard Hoffert

Contact hours

104 hours of lectures, tutorials and site visits on location in Italy and 52 hours of independent study


A second year unit in Theory of Art and Design or permission