Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials Tutorials x 2
Other Workshops x 2


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 4 x Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) tests  50%
Semester Assessment Exhibition review exercise (2000 words)  25%
Semester Assessment 2500 word Essay  25%

Brief description

The course is delivered through one lecture a week in four 5-week sections based on themes that span World Art and make links between the past and very recent work.
The module is initiated by a lecture introducing the problem of periods and style categorisation in art history. These issues will be followed up in the four main themes: the Artist, the Body, Landscape and Environment and the Art of the `Other'. Each lecture will focus on a specific issue and each of the four sections will cover a range of historical periods coming up to contemporary art. Each block will be tested at the end of the 5-lecture section by a Computer test.


  • Provide the foundation for all art history modules in the degree scheme and offer a framework of theoretical and historical context for course in studio studies.
  • Introduce the basic principles of art history and visual culture through a syllabus that deals with the general issues through case study and specific subjects.
  • Consider how the notion of art and artist has been constructed through specific practices, through institutions such as academies of art, and through writing about art.
  • Develop an awareness of other models of visual culture outside that of western art traditions.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the way periodisation and classification are used in the study of art
  • Develop an awareness of different styles of writing on art including popular art history, academic writing and art criticism in newspapers and journals of contemporary art.


This module is at CQFW Level 4