Undergraduate Course: Analysing Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions, Part One (HIAR10171)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a compulsory course to be taken in the first semester of the third year by all single and combined honours students in History of Art, and all Fine Art students. It is designed to introduce you to key theories and approaches that shape the History of Art. It is co-taught by a team of lecturers in History of Art, through a programme of regular one-hour lectures.
Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions, Part One offers an introduction to the writing of art history. Lectures will introduce key theoretical and philosophical ideas which have shaped the study of history of art such as, for example, Marxism, feminism, post-structuralism, and anti-colonialism. You will be required to read 2-3 items on the topic each week, in preparation, and there will be discussion of the issues raised through 3 x 1-hour Q&A sessions with staff.
For students taking this course whilst studying abroad (e.g., modern languages students), lectures and Q&As are recorded and made available online.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College-level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0 %
You will be required to prepare a course essay of 3,000-words from a choice of 8-10 questions. The questions will require you to draw on content from all three sections, A-C.
Essay questions will be released in Week Two, and coursework will be due in Week 10-11
||Formative feedback: You will submit a 500-word close analysis review of one of the weekly set readings around Week 6, and receive feedback.
Summative feedback: You will receive written feedback on your essays within 15 working days.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the different theories and approaches used in art-historical writing
- Assess the different aims and methodological features of the key conceptual tools within the discipline of History of Art
- Analyse relevant texts in ways that acknowledge divergent traditions of art-historical interpretation and the controversies that arise within these
- Develop confidence in engaging with and employing art historical theories and methodologies in their own writing and research
|Eric Fernie ed., Art History and Its Methods (London: Phaidon, 1995)|
Jonathan Harris, The New Art History: A Critical Introduction, Abingdon, 2001
Amelia Jones ed., The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (London; New York: Routledge, 2002)
Michael Podro, The Critical Historians of Art, New Haven and London, 1982
A.R.Rees & F.Borzello, The New Art History, London, 1986
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Organisation and planning
||If students are taking Part 1 in Semester 2, they will access lectures via recordings on LEARN; assessment (3,000 word essay) will be due at a date to be confirmed.
|Keywords||Art History,Visual Culture,Theory,Methods
|Course organiser||Dr Bryony Coombs
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Hancock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4124