Undergraduate Course: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||History of Art 2 builds on History of Art 1 in providing an introduction to Art History at university level. Continuing the chronological approach, this course examines aspects of the visual arts from c.1700 to the 21st century. All our teaching considers the visual arts as a part of a wider culture. 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, and an understanding of the crucial issues raised by the subject and of the methods used to deal with them. They will also have a command of the appropriate specialised vocabulary. Students are expected to read widely from the bibliographies provided by the lecturers and tutors in order to extend and deepen their knowledge of the topics addressed in lectures and tutorials and also to fill in the gaps in their knowledge of the continuous history of art.
Semester A covers art from the year 1700 to World War One (1914). The institutions of art, portraiture and a variety of style labels (Neo-classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism among others) are all covered. Semester B is called Modernism, the Avant-Gardes and Postmodernism. It looks at major Western avant-garde movements from Dada and Surrealism to the break-up of styles and unitary movements that took place from the 1960s onwards. It concludes with the effects of globalisation and radical new conceptions of art that are current in today┐s world. Course content also addresses cross-cutting themes and issues, from feminism, economics, display, the environment and aesthetic awareness that are all core to ┐thinking like an art historian┐ in the 21st century.
History of Art 2 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 ONLY). VISITING STUDENTS WHO ARE HERE FOR THE FULL YEAR ARE PERMITTED TO TAKE ONE OF THE HALF COURSES HISTORY OF ART 2A OR 2B. IF THEY WANT TO DO THE FULL COURSE THEY MUST BE ENROLLED ONTO HIAR08012 TO INCLUDE THE EXAM. THE HALF COURSES ARE ONLY OPEN TO VISITING STUDENTS.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History of Art course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge and basic familiarity with the discipline of art history covering the period 1700 to the present.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the broader contextual, social and political dimensions of Western art.
- Seek out and study a range of textual commentaries as well as critically examine the visual nature of the art itself in the period 1700 to the present.
- Discuss in the seminars and write in essays about art historical concepts that support a critical understanding of the course material.
- Demonstrate scholarly attributes and art historical skills, specifically writing in art historically appropriate ways, locating images and texts within the discipline through the competent use of libraries (analogue, image and online), and understanding display contexts (e.g. artworks held within museums and galleries).
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||Plus one seminar per week at a time to be arranged.
|Course organiser||Miss Michelle Foot
|Course secretary||Miss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763