ACA226 - How to Write About Art


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Online

Trimester 3: Online

Trimester 3 2023 will be the final offering of this unit

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit involves students visiting an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (Federation Square) or a production at the Geelong Arts Centre. If you are unable to attend NGV or GAC in person, a review of a virtual or filmed performance/exhibition can be undertaken. Please discuss with the unit chair.


The common refrain, ‘I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like’ indicates how difficult it can be to express our thoughts about art. We often react to it emotionally or intellectually, but struggle to find the words to explain our response. This unit provides the opportunity to hone your skills in reviewing work in the performing or visual arts. Exploring ways to interpret, discuss and analyse artwork can help you build your own practice, heighten your appreciation of the work of others, and enhance your ability to critically assess it. This unit will support you to develop critical evaluation and expression skills that are applicable across many professional roles, including teaching, media reporting and cultural programming. This unit provides the opportunity to experience and then review an exhibition or performance through different media (podcast, vodcast and publication). It draws on expertise and insights from staff in Melbourne’s major cultural institutions in order to understand common terms used in the industry, the context for the work presented, and key themes or aspects to inform your reviews. This unit is wholly online except for exhibition/performance visits and can be undertaken at the student’s own pace within trimester dates. Students are provided with a ticket to a major exhibition or performance and will have access to relevant expertise to better understand these activities.

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