FIN1014 : Art Histories II

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will consolidate and develop the range of core approaches, concepts and skills introduced in Art Histories I. Students will be introduced to key thematic concerns such as materiality and the body, and the module will look more closely, although not exclusively, at the modern period. Students will continue to develop skills of visual analysis, interpretation and methodology which will prepare them for further study in the degree programme.

The module will focus upon the ways in which stories of art have been constructed, in conjunction with key works throughout the history of art which exemplify those histories and debates. Students will be introduced to, and engage with: the emergence of modernism, issues around modern sculpture and objecthood, performance, and the theoretical issues of gender, the body and the gaze. The assessment will require students to undertake their own independent investigation and analysis of works of art, their related theories and contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The content of the course is updated and revised each year. The module will harmonise with the strands of sculpture and performance in Fine Art studio practice, and will also provide a solid foundation for Combined Honours students. The module will consider key artworks and theories under topics such as: Abstraction, Materiality, Surrealism and the Object, Minimalism, Gender, Myth, the Gaze and the Studio.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00Preparation for assignment/essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0022:00Preparation for seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Office Hour
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Museum visits
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study177:0077:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures: to allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modeling of the level and nature of the analysis required.

2. Seminars: to encourage interaction and the development of cognitive and key skills; to allow preparation and presentation of directed research on specific issues and case studies.

3. Tutorials: to provide feedback and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of submitted work, and increase awareness of the potential for individual development.

4. Workshops: to encourage development of key skills in a supportive environment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A40Visual analysis - 1500 words
Essay2M602000 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 Visual Analysis demonstrates the student’s ability to research and to engage critically with specific works of art in relation to their historical and/or theoretical context.

Reading Lists