Contemporary Issues in Art

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Issues in Art

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) programs.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The emphasis in this study is on the examination and critical analysis of topical issues in contemporary visual arts, particularly from the last 10-15 years. It will expose students to a range of new global art practices and to the parameters of current and leading edge debates.
    1. Demonstrate an informed awareness of contemporary trends in various art mediums
    2. Show an understanding of critical perspectives on visual arts based issues and an understanding of how they impact on their own practice
    3. Demonstrate writing and research skills appropriate to the needs of a graduate visual artist
    With emphasis determined by prevailing issues, topics may include but are not limited to:
    Relational and socially-engaged art
    Post-production, sampling and appropriation
    The hyperreal and the digital
    The mundane and the everyday
    The Indigenous frame
    More than Post Modern - Regional Modernisms
    Globalism and the artist as traveller
    The 'new sincerity'
    Art and technology - from bio- and eco-art to the post-human
    Interspecies art
    The 'new spiritual'

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.