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FIN3022 : Issues in Portraiture (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Portraiture is the most widespread and reviled of genres. It is both the most conservative and the most individual form of artistic practice. It is also the point through which art most frequently infiltrates other areas of human experience. This course will look at portraiture under its various aspects, both glorious and mundane. It will acquaint students with a wide range of portraiture across several centuries and media. Students should expect to acquire a new and sharper awareness of the ways in which art seeks to impinge on life and to enhance their critical and art historical tools in analyzing the functioning of a portrait within the context of its time and purpose.

Outline Of Syllabus

The topics and themes covered by this course undergo some alteration according to current exhibitions and issues, but core topics include portraiture in relation to monarchy, power, society, business practices, modernism, modernity and photography. Artists studied can include figures such as Reynolds, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Richter, Arbus, Freud and Hockney.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00Seminar preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching10:150:15Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Laing Museum visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Office hour
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching211:0021:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Gallery visit
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study171:4571:45N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FIN2022Issues in Portraiture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

(1) Lectures will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the level and nature of the analysis required

(2) Seminars will provide opportunities for individual and joint presentation of directed research as well as programmed discussion on specific issues and case studies

(3) Tutorials will provide feedback and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of submitted work, and an increased awareness of the potential for individual development.

(4) Gallery and Museum study visits are essential to enrich the student's experience and to inform the student of visual, technical and material aspects of the portrait

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Oral Presentation202M15Resit in form of essay
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M351800 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The course work affords students the opportunity to conduct research with seminar and peer support into particular areas of interest, to develop their organizational and presentation skills, and then to demonstrate their ability to think independently in using their group-work to inform their individual essay. The essay demonstrates the student’s ability to absorb and critique information and then present an argument in relation to a specific topic. It demonstrates the student’s ability to relay an argument in a clear manner using appropriate academic writing skills. The exam allows students to demonstrate the knowledge learnt throughout the course. In both the coursework and the exam there is the opportunity to demonstrate visual analysis. The presentation enables the student to develop and test valuable transferable skills.

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