Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workload Breakdown Taught sessions - 10 hours General and preparatory reading - 20 hours Researching and writing the 2500 word essay - 70 hours approximately


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 word essay  100%
Supplementary Assessment As above, different questions  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in art history. Evidence a basic knowledge of contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of representations of nature and landscape in the visual arts.

Evidence knowledge of historical movements, styles and issues in art history. Construct, in writing, an argument defending a position in relation to key issues raised in the module.


This is a level one module to be offered to SH and JH Fine Art and Art History students. The module replaces material previously offered in Semester 2 in AH10220 'Special Topics in Art History and Visual Culture' which was a 20 credit module. By redesigning the material offered and expanding themes, the module will offer greater choice and variety to first year students in both the Fine Art and Art History schemes.

Brief description

This module provides an overview of key themes in the representation of nature and landscape from the Renaissance to the present day. It aims to introduce the student to the contexts for representational modes of nature as well as a wide variety of media used in the representational process: cartography, landscape and garden design, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. Although the lectures are arranged in a loose chronological order, the emphasis is upon exploring attitudes to nature in a variety of representational forms, including traditions of topographic and other landscape painting as well as responses in contemporary art practices to ecology and climate change.


Typically, the lecture course will survey the following themes:

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Claude and 17th-century Landscape Painting
  3. The Picturesque and the Sublime
  4. Shaping the World: an Overview of Landscape Design
  5. Watercolour Landscape Painting in 18th- and 19th-century Britain
  6. Imaging Australia
  7. American Spaces: Wildernesses and Cityscapes
  8. Photography and the Land
  9. Landscape in the Modern Period
  10. Land Art

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Taught (lectures) and academic writing
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will have the chance to reflect on their learning and performance through essay feedback.
Information Technology Word processing, dealing with digital images and use of Blackboard and other e-learning interfaces.
Personal Development and Career planning Time management.
Problem solving
Research skills The essay requires that the student carry out effective research using the Hugh Owen Library and possibly the National Library and searching specialist art websites and databases including picture research.
Subject Specific Skills Visual analysis and textual analysis.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 4