What is the course about?
Develop a critical exploration of the cultural, social and artistic processes in the period between 1850 and 2000. You will study and examine a wide range of historical conceptions of art and delve into the visual arts through the wider cultural and political contexts. Broaden your perspective on visual culture with special consideration given to the study of modern and contemporary art from around the world, with an emphasis on key points of tension.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information.
What topics does the course cover?
- Entry to Modernity and its aesthetic paradigms
- Art for the sake of art
- The expanded field
- Context Art and Social engaged practices
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught by lecture with slide images and you will be invited to participate in group discussion. There will be handouts provided by your tutor. Galleries and museum visits will be recommended.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
- You will have developed critical and analytical skills
- You will expand your outlook on how art articulates to social, political and cultural processes.
- You will understand the relationship between theory and practice in visual cultures and express insightful ideas clearly on a range of artistic historical processes.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You can develop your skills or knowledge on one of our specialist short courses (including others from the Art History series) or take an accredited course in Fine Art starting in September or April.