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ACV214 - Art and Technology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

Commences 2019

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Jondi Keane





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week


This unit encourages students to investigate the interplay between art and technology by focusing on the way that new technologies reflect the ideas and values of the historical period in which they were invented. The structure of the unit is based on the notion that artists are detectives, ethnographers, explorers and test pilots—helping to develop emerging technology and helping to understand the cultural implications of technologies. For example: the invention of the camera obscura (1400’s) and the convex (or black) mirror (1700’s) are tied to historical ideas about vision, depiction and notion of landscape painting. This relationship between the historical and cultural context—of art-production and the technologies of a given period—are investigated and explored through research, essay writing, creative work and collaborative projects that allow students to understand these connections first-hand and enable them to develop and apply critical and creative capacities necessary for pursuing careers in the creative arts.


Technology Log - report, 1200 words equivalent, 30%

Essay, 1200 words, 30%

Group research and image-production, 1200 words equivalent, 30%

In class assessment and quiz, 10%

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