ART501 Theories of Criticism (16)

This subject, along with ART502/ART512 and ART503/ART513, is intended to encourage and assist practitioners to reflect critically on their own disciplines. What, if anything, makes works of art, be they texts, textures, actions or video, different from other things? How are they produced, and how do they achieve their effects? On what basis can they be said to be good or bad? We survey the basic types of answers which have been proposed to these questions, and consider the extent to which theories, while useful, are subjective, competitive, and relative.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
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
Two sessions
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Master of Creative Practice

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with a range of theoretical literature from the Greeks to the present day from a reading of selected documents of critical theory.
  • be able to demonstrate an analytical appreciation of key issues in theories of art.
  • be able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the theoretical and critical implications in some areas of arts practice.
The subject will cover the following topics:
- Classical theories
- Ideas of inspiration and genius
- Aesthetic theories
- Determinism
- Psychology and psychoanalysis
- Formalism and structuralism
- Post-structuralism
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.