Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Practices and Theories of Art since 1960
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2000-word essay (50%)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   One 2 hour seen examination (50%)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   2 hour seen exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

demonstrate a knowledge of key issues in European and American art as well as their wider cultural and social contexts since 1960

evidence an understanding of key concepts and theories, style labels, movements, critical texts and the historical contexts for the production of art;

frame a response to questions and develop a written argument on appropriate materials in the essay and examination;

demonstrate a sound knowledge of appropriate bibliographic and other research materials;

develop critical skills and language.

Brief description

This module provides a survey of the Western art scene from 1960 to the present day.
It explores:
• the shift from Modernism to Post-Modernism
• the impact of new media on the production, exhibition and reception of art
• counter-cultural influences on art/visual culture an its function in society
• the role of feminism, gender and identity politics in challenging the canon
• the mediating and formative roles of art criticism and cultural institutions (museum collections, galleries and exhibitions)


1) The 1960s: Art and Consumer Culture
2) The 1960s: Redefining Art
Seminar 1
3) The 1970s: Art and Activism
4) The 1970s: Feminism and the Canon
Seminar 2
5) The 1980s: Art and New Technologies
6) The 1980s: Postmodernism
Seminar 3
7) The 1990s: Art and Identity Politics
8) The 1990s: Postcolonialism and Multiculturalism
Seminar 4
9) The Artworld Since 2000: Globalism
10) The Artworld Since 2000: Influences and Directions
Seminar 5

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Articulating ideas through seminar discussions as well as academic writing skills in the essay.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent study through class assignment research and preparation. Management of time.
Information Technology Information retrieval from various academic research portals and online museum collection databases.
Personal Development and Career planning Emphasis on professional presentation of research and bibliography using MLA style documentation.
Problem solving In class discussion, essay research and writing, and in the examination.
Research skills Academic essay research and writing, and in the examination. Image sourcing.
Subject Specific Skills Analysis and interpretation of artworks, their makers and contexts.
Team work Seminar group discussion and presentation.


This module is at CQFW Level 5