University Preparation: Art History and Film Studies

By University of Sydney

Feb. 29, 2012 - Sept. 19, 2012

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

160 Missenden Road, Newtown NSW 2042

University of Sydney

Classical Antiquity through to the 21st Century. There is a strong focus on the interpretation of individual art works, including painting, sculpture, photography, film and architecture.

The course introduces key concepts of the discipline of Art History and Film Studies as well as developing some of the study skills necessary for general university study

Course Content

  • Perfection of Form: The Body in Ancient Art
  • The Power of Rome: From Republic to Empire
  • Heaven on Earth: Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Divine Visions: Art of the Italian Renaissance
  • The Splendour of the Baroque: Caravaggio, Bernini and Rembrandt
  • Playfulness and Power in the 18th Century: The Rococo and Enlightenment
  • Revolution to Romanticism: Ideology and Art
  • The Advent of Photography and its Early Masters
  • Monet and the Impressionists
  • Modernism: Early 20th Century Art Making
  • The Early History of Film Making: From Slapstick to Sound
  • Post-War Art: Pollock, Rauschenberg and Warhol
  • The Golden Age of Hollywood
  • Modern Architecture: Lutyens, Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier
  • Great Masters of International Cinema
  • 20th Century Design: Interiors, Exteriors and Industrial
  • Post-Modernism, Appropriation and Installation
  • Art and Australia

Gallery visits (subject to availability)

  • The Work of Art as a Physical Object (AGNSW Early European Art Collection)
  • Painting in Australia (AGNSW Australian Art Collection)
  • Contemporary Art in Context (MCA)

Course Delivery

Lecture based.

Course Outcomes

Students will:

  1. understand the major developments and characteristics of Western art
  2. identify the impact of various periods on the development of Western Civilisation
  3. develop a critical eye to analyse and interpret works of art.

Complementary study skills

Students will develop an ability to:

  1. identify, evaluate and process information efficiently and effectively
  2. develop and apply critical thinking skills and understanding
  3. develop, implement and evaluate processes to solve problems
  4. recognise and respect differing ideas and opinions
  5. communicate in a clear and logical manner.

Suitable for

This pre-tertiary course is suitable for those who are seeking entry to an undergraduate degree program at an Australian university through a mature-age entry scheme. Applicants applying to the University of Sydney must ensure that they will be at least 21 years of age on 1 March in their first year of undergraduate study.




Centre for Continuing Education
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