Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Prints and Drawings: An Introduction to Graphic History
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2500 word essay The essay title will be drawn from a list of options and will invite a response from the student on the history and\or theory of prints or drawings. Research for the essay will be mainly drawn from books from university library stock, but students will also explore websites of major international collections of works on paper, such as those of the Tate, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum, New York  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  As above, with different essay questions 

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of the histories of drawing and printmaking from ca. 1400 to the present day

Understand the role of museum collections, including the School of Art's Collection, in cataloguing, conserving, preserving and collecting works on paper

Evidence skills in academic writing in the production of an essay on a subject chosen from a list of options

Demonstrate skills in the analysis of visual images and the construction of arguments around them


Provide a survey of an often-neglected area of art and visual cultural history. It provides students with a comprehensive overview of the graphic arts and works on paper. The module is designed to be of benefit to both Art History and Fine Art students.

Brief description

This module offers an introduction to an important yet often neglected area of art historical and visual cultural studies, one usually defined by museums and art galleries as 'Prints and Drawings' or in art galllery culture as 'works on paper'. It will survey artifacts, processes and styles from the fifteenth century to the present day and discuss issues around the professional status of artists and their training, technical innovation and experimentation, that among other factors had upon the development of the graphic arts. It also provides students with key critical and historical information to help understand the history of the graphic arts: connoisseurship, collecting, developments in pictorial style and manipulation of materials.


  1. Model-books, Workshops and Silverpoints: Ways of Looking at Early Renaissance Drawing
  2. 'Old Master' Drawings and Connoisseurship
  3. Word and Image: Printmaking and the Illustrated Book from Gutensberg to Gregynog
  4. Academics and Romantics: European Drawing, ca. 1700-1860
  5. Etched in Memory: The Print as Historical Document
  6. Artist's Proofs: The Print as Fine Art
  7. The Bite of Print: Satire, Caricaure and Comment
  8. Modernist Drawing Practices and Theories
  9. Techniques, Materials and Ideas: Impression of the Twentieth Century
  10. Drawing in an Expanded Field: Contemporary Drawing Practices

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 appropriate museum and gallery websites and databases
Personal Development and Career planning The module affords an experiece of art in museum settings, and understanding of processes and techniques and histories of collection and other museum practices that will provide an insight into the career of museum professionals.
Problem solving
Research skills The essay requires the student to effectively carry out research using the Hugh Owen Library, the National Library of Wales and various web-based research sites, chiefly those of major museums and art galleries
Subject Specific Skills
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 4