Contemporary Art

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Art

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 100-level ARTH points or 54 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    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.

    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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