Undergraduate Course: History of Art 1A (VS1) (HIAR08010)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Part-year visiting students only
|Summary||History of Art 1A is not a chronological survey course and does not pretend to provide comprehensive coverage of this vast and complex subject. Instead the work of prominent artists, important types, key periods and diverse geographies of art are selected to provide representative examples for study. All our teaching considers the visual arts as a reflection of the societies in which they were produced.
VISITING STUDENTS WHO ARE HERE FOR THE FULL YEAR ARE PERMITTED TO TAKE ONE OF THE HALF COURSES HISTORY OF ART 1A OR 1B. IF THEY WANT TO DO THE FULL COURSE THEY MUST BE ENROLLED ONTO HIAR08009 TO INCLUDE THE EXAM. THE HALF COURSES ARE ONLY OPEN TO VISITING STUDENTS.
Under the collective title, Art and Belief in Europe (c. 500 ¿ c.1700), the lectures in Semester 1 address developments in European art from the rise of Christianity, through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, concluding with the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Geographies studied include Britain, Italy, France and Germany. We look at the work of both early anonymous and later celebrated artists, such as Giotto, Jan van Eyck, Durer, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, all within a broad range of social contexts. We consider issues surrounding art and identity, including gender, sexuality, nationality, religious and political belief, as well as issues surrounding the art objects themselves, such as patronage, materiality, display and reception.
Students begin the course with very different levels of knowledge, and our intention is that, by the end, all will have acquired an overview of certain specific areas in the history of art. By building up art historical skills, through lectures, ALGs [Autonomous Learning Groups] and tutorials, students develop an understanding of the crucial issues raised by the subject and of the methods used to deal with them. Whenever appropriate the weekly tutorials are conducted in the museums, galleries and public spaces of Edinburgh, which has world-renowned art collections.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Part-year visiting students only (VV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Two essays (100%)
|No Exam Information
| History of Art 1 consists of two semester units but each semester unit is also designed so that it can be taken as an independent course by visiting students who are in Edinburgh for only one semester. Students who take this course come with very different levels of knowledge of art history. Our intention is that by the end all will have acquired an understanding of the important issues raised by the subject and of the methods used to deal with them; they will also have a command of the basic concepts and vocabulary of the discipline. In the lecture units and seminar courses students will learn the methods of art history through the study of the work of selected artists, types of objects, and periods of art. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis and interpretation of visual and historical materials, both in the lectures and in seminars. Seminars will make use of material in museums and galleries in Edinburgh.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||APOLOGIES: HISTORY OF ART 1A IS CLOSED TO ALL STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TAKE IT AS AN OUTSIDE SUBJECT
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus one seminar per week at a time to be arranged
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Horn