What is the course about?
The history of art course will introduce you to a wide range of visual art, architecture and artefacts across different periods from ancient to contemporary times. You will study visual art from across the world; from Ancient Greek to Islamic architecture, from medieval to renaissance Europe, from international modernism to world diasporas (Caribbean, African, Latin American) and finally to contemporary world art.
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?
- Introduction to the history of art as a discipline
- Prehistoric Context to Ancient Greece
- Medieval to Renaissance in Europe
- Early modern paradigms to International Modernism
- Late modernity to contemporary
- New Aesthetic paradigms
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?
- Analyse visual images (art, architecture and artefacts) from a wide range of historical backgrounds, across different times.
- Critically assess historical paradigms and visual production considering political, social, and cultural contexts.
- Formulate complex connections between diverse timelines.
- Develop research skills
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.