Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » GEGC213 – Special Topics in Visual and Performing Arts
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:2
Offering unit:CTLE

Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement



Course Description

The content of the course will vary dependent upon the special topics offering. The course will address the intended Area 12 learning outcomes by looking at the language, theories, aesthetics and applications of the visual and performing arts through historical and/or modern contexts. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of how the arts, e.g. paintings, sculpture, dance, drama, music, etc. and their combinations are interwoven throughout human existence and how they impact the individual and society. Students will analyze artistic form and function and grapple with the questions “What is art?” and “What makes something artistic?” The course fulfills the General Education Area 12 requirement.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Articulate how human existence is perceived, explored, and aesthetically represented in the visual and performing arts;
  2. Apply a range of strategies for the analysis and critique of the visual and performing arts;
  3. Make connections within major themes, concepts and ideas within the visual and performing arts and how these impact/influence everyday existence;
  4. Describe the creative processes through which artists are inspired and represent human existence through the visual and performing arts.