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BA History of Art / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Art History Tutorial 1
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Art History and Cultural Practices|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The Art History Tutorial (1 and 2) comprises two 20-credit course units taught in small groups. Each unit is divided into two sections of 5 or 6 teaching weeks in which students will be introduced to and explore a specific period or area of art history with a tutor whose research expertise lies in that area. Students who complete Art History Tutorial 1 and 2 will, therefore, explore four separate areas or periods of art history, with four different instructors, providing them with an introduction to the diversity of the subject area as well as sound basis for more detailed study in levels 2 and 3 of the degree programme.
Sections may be taught which focus on aspects of: Medieval Italian painting, Northern European Renaissance painting, Renaissance architecture, Modern architecture, Victorian painting, Modernism, Contemporary art, Greek art and Architecture, Photography, Islamic art.
- To introduce students to specific areas of art historical study with an emphasis on building key art historical skills including formal and contextual visual analysis.
- To introduce students to the relationship between descriptions and interpretations of artworks
- To support students in attaining the core academic skills necessary for university-level study of Art History including efficient note-taking, academic writing, dealing critically with academic texts
- To support students in familiarizing themselves with key resources, such as the Art History and Archaeology library, electronic databases, local art galleries.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
NB The content listed below is intended as an indication only of the structure of the individual 5/6 week sections of the Art History Tutorial.
- Introduction to the period/area to be explored in the section (e.g. Renaissance frescoes, Islamic architecture, Surrealism)
- Visual skills (e.g. observation of artworks in a gallery setting and through the use of reproductions, description)
- Historical skills (e.g. skills for reading, understanding and analysing academic books and articles)
- Using visual and historical skills in order formulate arguments (e.g. evaluating and using evidence, using evidence in support of an hypothesis)
- Critical evaluation of material (e.g. discussing and evaluating the work of different scholar who have published on the same piece artwork)
Teaching and learning methods
Classes will be taught in small seminar groups
Knowledge and understanding
- Critically describe and analyze works of visual culture and place them in historical context
- Demonstrate familiarity with the materials and processes of works of visual culture
- Demonstrate an appropriate range of knowledge of the period or area of art history taught in each section of the unit
- Reflect critically on relevant art historical scholarship
- Formulate and support arguments based on visual and written source material
- Take notes efficiently
- Write at an appropriate academic level
- Use of footnotes and bibliographies (as indicated in the Art History UG Programme Handbook) correctly
- Carry out research in the library and on-line using relevant websites and databases
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Work independently
- Prepare assessed and formative material to deadlines
- Present assessed material in a professional manner
- Participate constructively in class discussion
- written feedback on assessed work
- additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)
General preparatory reading:
Arnold, Dana, Art History. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, 2004.
Barnet, Sylvan, A Short Guide to Writing about Art, New York, 2003.
D’Alleva, Anne, How to Write Art History, London, 2010.
Newall, Diana, and Grant Pooke, Art History. The Basics, London, 2008.
Pointon, Marcia, History of Art. A Student’s Handbook, London, 1980.
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|Colin Trodd||Unit coordinator|
|Clare O'Dowd||Unit coordinator|
|Luke Skrebowski||Unit coordinator|
There is an emphasis on embedding skills including academic written English, referencing, taking notes, and the critical evaluation of sources. By expecting students write on a (nearly) weekly basis and receive feedback on their written work regularly throughout the term, we aim to foster an environment in which students will improve these skills through practice in four separate areas of art historical study.
Friday 2pm to 5pm
Monday 1pm to 4pm
Monday 12noon to 3pm
Friday 1pm to 4pm
You will be allocated to your seminar group by your administrator.