Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
AR10120 and AR10220
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 100 Hours. 4 x 30 minute tutorials per student, 4 hours of group tutorials, 66 hours of life classes, 28 hours of home based research and preparation for portfolio submission


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio Submission including:Developmental work: (sketchbook, studies etc.)A Portfolio of Paintings or Drawings  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of portfolio 

Learning Outcomes

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

a) demonstrate a high level of competence in painting and drawing the life model and be able to inperpret that analysis in relation to a personal evolved regime of art practice that centres on the nude.
b) demonstrate a resolved and fully explored rationale for the creative potential of life studies within the framework of their other art practice.
c) evidence a high level of understanding of and engagement with the work of contemporary practitioners using the life model or working in the field of life studies.
d) articulate a reasoned and cogent rationale for their own work and its evolution through interaction in group and personal tutorials (not formally assessed) and the final assessment tutorial.
e) apply the technical expertise derived from studying the figure in the life class to another area of art practice. f) evidence the potential to extend their life studies into professional art practice in the future

Brief description

Students further their art practice in the context of the life class, putting forward a programme of intended work and indicating the ways in which they intend to use the subject of the nude. A proposal for this programme of study is agreed between student and tutor. Life Study at level 3 is perceived as integral to the student's other Fine Art studies and constitutes an extension or development of that study. The syllabus is negotiated between student and tutor. Projects are no longer prescribed as they were at Level 2 , the object being to offer students the opportunity to progress towards self-directed art practice and laying the foundation for post-graduate study or professional art practice. At the same time it is important that each student thinks in terms of producing a body of work that is linked together in terms of method or approach. A portfolio of paintings or drawings is produced over the semester during weekly life classes (currently Wednesdays 10-5.00pm). Tuition takes place both in the life class and by means of group and personal tutorials.


This module is designed for students wishing to work in the life class at level 3. It is an option for those students with a particular interest in painting or drawing the nude and forms the conclusion to a pathway in Life Studies initiated in Part 1.


Stage 1: Preliminary Students begin by considering the way in which they want to interpret the nude or use the figure as part of an investigation and exploration centred on their particular area of Fine Art practice. Whatever their interpretation, they must give careful thought to the practical considerations of making paintings and/or drawings in the life class.

Stage 2: PreparatoryStudents are required to present a rationale for their approach to the nude and to work out a programme of study in consultation with the tutor. This is to include choice and application of materials, stylistic considerations, approach and content, and the relation of their work to an established art historical or contemporary precedent.

Stage 3: Proposal Students prepare a written proposal and notation of ideas to be presented in tutorial discussion.

Stage 4: Development Painting and/or drawing practice to be carried out in the life studio, supported by group and personal tutorials

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during tutorials and group tutorials
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and to time management, supported through the tutorial programme
Problem solving development of practical painting skills and subject development
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to painting in relation to the subject of the nude
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in the life class and group tutorials although not formally assessed

Reading List

Recommended Text
Boyd, Stephen (1989) Life class : the academic male nude, 1820-1920, London Gay Men's Press Primo search Clark, Kenneth (1956) The nude: a study of ideal art London: John Murray Primo search Cormack, Malcolm (1976) The nude in western art Oxford: Phaidon Primo search Gerdts, William H (1974) The great American nude : a history in art London: Phaidon Press Primo search Hobhouse, Janet, (1988) The bride stripped bare : the artist and the nude in the twentieth century London: Cape, Primo search Lambirth, Andrew, Ken Kiff (2001) London: Thames & Hudson Levey, Michael (1972) The Nude London: National Gallery Primo search Louville, François de.,Lucie-Smith, Edward (1985) The male nude : a modern view Oxford: Phaidon Primo search McDonald, Helen (2001) Erotic ambiguities: the female nude in art London; New York: Routledge Primo search Nead, Lynda (1992) The female nude: art, obscenity, and sexuality London: Routledge Primo search Potts, Alex (1994) Flesh and the ideal : Winckelmann and the origins of art New Haven: Yale University Press Primo search Saunders, Gill Victoria and Albert Museum (1989) The Nude: a New Perspective London: Herbert Primo search Smith, Alison (1996) The Victorian nude: sexuality, morality, and art Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press Primo search Suleiman, Susan R (1986) Poetics today: The female body in western culture : contemporary perspectives Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6