AD4208: Art & Modernism

AD4208: Art & Modernism

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Art & Modernism
Module Code AD4208
Module Tutor Richard Salkeld
School School of Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module will survey the evolution of modern art following the invention of photography in the 19th century through to the avant-garde movements of the first half of 20th century. The key issues, practices and debates associated with Modernism will be examined. Students will also develop key study skills.

Indicative Syllabus

Key developments in art from the invention of photography through the first half of the 20th century will be examined, including work in painting, sculpture, photography and film. The critical grouping of artists and works under such terms as Post Impressionism, Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, will be considered in relation to specific works of art and exhibitions. The importance of the reception of Marcel Duchamp's work will provide a particular point of focus and reference.

Students will be encouraged to develop skills in researching, referencing, and writing about art, and to discuss their ideas around set themes relating to the lecture programme. Theoretical approaches will be introduced, for instance, formal analysis, semiotics, and contextual analysis, applied to illustrated examples.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key developments, themes and concepts in the production and consumption of art in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ideas of Modernity and Modernism.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to locate key works of modern art in their historical context.

4. Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate academic conventions for essay writing, including carrying out research using relevant information sources, referencing sources and constructing a bibliography.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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