AD5205: Aesthetics

AD5205: Aesthetics

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

Module Title Aesthetics
Module Code AD5205
Module Tutor Richard Salkeld
School School of Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module will examine issues in aesthetics and art theory. Students will engage with questions concerned with the definition of art, the nature of aesthetic experience and value judgements.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will be required to find ways to make and articulate value judgements about a broad range of visual media. They will be required to consider a variety of theories about the nature, value and purpose of art, examine a range of critical approaches and methodologies concerned with the interpretation of art. Issues for debate will include: the relationships of high, mass and popular culture; the relationships of maker/producer to viewer/consumer and the related issues of intention, expression, skill and commerce; the problems of evaluation, relativism, taste and originality.

Students will be encouraged to begin to develop their ideas for dissertation proposals.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of theories concerned with the meaning and value of art works
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply skills of critical analysis in the construction of a reasoned argument about aesthetic values
  3. Demonstrate the ability to articulate an informed critical position in relation to contemporary debates about the meaning and value of art works
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop research strategies to underpin dissertation work at Level 6
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words
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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