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Visual and Material Culture

237.117 Māori Art and Design Studio I - Toi Atea15 credits
An introduction to the development of personal forms of expression though an engagement with the values, concepts, traditions, art/design forms and structures of the whare whakairo.

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237.130 Communication in Creative Cultures15 credits
This course introduces students to academic writing and oral communication skills in the creative arts with a focus on stylistic characteristics and critical thinking. The course is underpinned by a basic overview of historical epochs from the 18th century to the present day.

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237.131 Conversations in Creative Cultures15 credits
This course introduces students to the concept of world views, to key issues and debates concerning cultural identity in Aotearoa New Zealand and their implications for creative practices.

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237.211 Māori Visual and Material Culture - Toi Atea15 credits
An exploration of the conventions and values that underpin Māori visual and material culture. Emphasis is given to identifying the major art forms and the key continuities and changes that characterise development from customary to contemporary practice.

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237.217 Māori Art and Design Studio IIA - Toi Atea15 credits
The development of individual work that grows out of the investigation of a select range of Māori concepts, art forms, imagery, values and approaches that reflect a Māori world view.

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237.218 Māori Art and Design Studio IIB - Toi Atea15 credits
Further development of individual work that grows out of the investigation of a select range of Māori concepts, art forms, imagery, values and approaches that reflect a Māori world view.

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237.230 Creative Cultures & Contexts I15 credits
This course introduces students to histories of design and art to develop a critical appreciation of change and context. It will include the analysis of selected visual and material cultural practices in a series of theme based modules that explore the origins and impacts of consumerism, globalisation, sustainability.

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237.231 Creative Cultures & Contexts II15 credits
In this course students will explore and discover a broad range of critical perspectives relevant to the creative arts. They will select from a series of thematic modules, designed to prompt further consideration and questioning of creative practices.

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237.317 Māori Art and Design Studio IIIA - Toi Atea15 credits
Developing visual responses to the exploration of issues (social, political, environmental, global) significant to Māori people and their communities.

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237.318 Māori Art and Design Studio IIIB - Toi Atea15 credits
Further development of a range of visual responses to issues (social, political, environmental, global) of significance to Māori people and their communities.

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237.330 Creative Cultures & Ideas15 credits
In this course students will explore and appraise a range of ideas that support the critical positioning of creative practices. The selected ideas will be explored through interdisciplinary engagement.

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237.331 Creative Cultures & Display15 credits
In this course students will critically engage with a range of curatorial concepts in order to investigate modes of representation, collection, archiving, display and distribution. The course will overview key historical developments in 19th and 20th century museum practices and examine selected cultural and ethical concerns for both community and institutional contexts.

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237.401 The Material Turn15 credits
Students will apply selected theories from the fields of material culture studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally to inform and evaluate understandings of creative practices.

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237.402 The Visual Field15 credits
Students will apply selected theories from visual culture studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally to inform and evaluate understandings of creative practices.

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237.403 Studies in Material Culture B15 credits
A variety of case studies which include materiality as cultural process, material culture and remembering, and the reification of domestic everyday life.

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237.404 Studies in Visual Culture B15 credits
A series of case studies which examine the shift from art history and film studies to contemporary visual culture.

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237.417 Māori Art and Design Studio IV - Toi Atea30 credits
An advanced course to focus and refine visual language and personal tikanga through negotiated projects that explore topics of direct reference to Māori people and their communities.

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237.465 Creative Exposition15 credits
In this course students will situate their creative practice through writing. They will extend and hone their critical, analytical and reflective skills through written exposition that focuses on projecting themselves and their practice externally. This advanced programme of study will encourage discussion on diverse approaches to creative research exposition and its relevance for a range of academic and/or professional contexts.

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237.701 Studies in Material Culture30 credits
A critical consideration of major theories in the field of material culture studies and how these inform research approaches and findings in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. After an initial survey of the historical development of the field, these theories will be explored through a variety of case studies which may include materiality as cultural process, material culture and remembering, and material culture and the domestic.

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237.702 Studies in Visual Culture30 credits
A survey of major theories about and current approaches to the social construction of visual experience in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. After considering the shift from art history and film studies to visual culture, these theories will be explored through a series of topics which may include practices of looking, cultural history and visuality, the photographic image, painting and visual culture, and popular visual culture.

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237.791 Special Topic30 credits
 

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237.799 Research Report30 credits
This course consists of an individually supervised piece of work to provide training in research and writing for a thesis. It provides the opportunity for critical examination of a topic, issue or problem within the fields of visual and material culture studies. An initial module of research training is followed by the completion of the independent research project.

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237.800 MPhil Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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237.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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237.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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237.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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237.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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237.899 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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237.900 PhD Visual & Material Culture120 credits
 

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