Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Palmer


This unit was formerly coded TAD2137


This unit explores the dynamic place of the moving image in modern and contemporary art. The moving image here refers predominantly to light-based media, especially film, video and new media technologies. The arrival of the moving image in contemporary art presents a serious challenge to our understanding of the traditional media and institutions of film, painting and sculpture. Art and the Moving Image explores the cause, the motivation, and the aesthetic, social and political significance of this paradigm shift.


On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  1. understand the dynamic role played by the moving image in modern and contemporary art
  2. be familiar with key issues in the history of international and Australian art in the modern and contemporary period, as they relate to the moving image
  3. be able to identify the cultural and historical circumstances in which these artworks have been produced
  4. identify and understand the developments specific to the constant innovation of moving image practices during this period
  5. have developed their ability to think creatively and express their ideas clearly in written communication.


Assignment 1,500 words (40%)
Research essay 2,500 words (60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.


12 credit points at first year level in Art History and Theory, or Theory of Art and Design, or Visual Culture, or permission from Unit Coordinator