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 hsitroy 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, throguh 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 classificaiton 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.
Schneider Adams, L (1996) Methodologies of Art, and Introduction
Oxford: Boulder and Westview
Buck, L & Dodd, P (1991) Relative Values
London: BBC Books
Berger, John (1972) Ways of Seeing
London: BBC Books
Vasari, Georgio (ed Bull) (1965) Lives of Artists
London: Penguin Books
Chadwick, W (1990) Women, Art and Society
London: Thames and Hudson
Godfrey, T (1998) Conceptual Art
Martin, PW & Jarvis, R (1992) Reviewing Romanticism
Licht, F (1980) The Origins of the Modern Temper in Art
London: J Murray
Thompson, K (1991) Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination
New York: Fawcett Columbine
Brennan, M (1987) Wordsworth, Turner and the Romantic Landscape: A Study of the Traditions of the Picturesque and the Sublime
SC, Camden House
Andrews, M (1999) Landscape and Western Art
Oxford University Press
Hill, Susan (ed) (1991) The Myth of Primitivism, Perspectives on Art
Blazwick, I & Wilson, S (2000) Tate Modern: the Handbook
London: Tate Publishing
Meecham, P & Sheldon, J (2000) Modern Art: A Critical Introduction
Honour, H & Fleming (1982) A World History of Art
Fernie, E (1995) Art History and its Methods, a critical anthology
This module is at CQFW Level 4