ART240 Introduction to Islamic Art & Design (8)

This subject surveys the principles and regional variations of Islamic art and design from a contemporary perspective. The content is sourced from Morocco to Indonesia, from the 7th century to the present day, representing a wide range of case studies. No prior knowledge of Islam or Arabic is required.

This subject, unique to CSU, is designed to engage the Australian propensity to travel and appreciate international cultural heritage. Students will be introduced to Islamic art to enable broader cultural understanding and recognition of distinctive design principles, rather than the minutiae of historic periods and distant dynasties. Both the spectacular and the vernacular will be studied to reveal principles common to art and design, which are intrinsically linked in Islamic visual culture.

Subject availability
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Acquire the foundations for ongoing study in this rapidly expanding international field, including familiarity with the world's major Islamic Art collections, resources, and principal theorists.
  • Be familiar with a broad cross-section of Islamic contributions to ornament, calligraphy, architecture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and glass, including their regional and unifying characteristics.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1 - What is Islamic Art?
  • 2 - The Qur'an and Calligraphy
  • 3 - Pattern and Ornament: Principles, Variations, and Motifs
  • 4 - Architecture: The Mosque, the Street, the Home and the Garden
  • 5 - Textiles: Costume, Carpets, and Khayamiya
  • 6 - Fireware: Ceramics, Metal, and Glass
  • 7 - The Maghreb: Morocco to Egypt
  • 8 - The Levant
  • 9 - Persia and Turkey
  • 10 - India
  • 11 - Indonesia and Malaysia
  • 12 - Contemporary Art and Islam
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.