Art on Site: Place, Identity, Meaning (V4136)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This is a twelve-week level-one module taught through seminars in the spring and summer terms. The module forms part of the First Year teaching for the Art History single-honours module and all joint-honours courses with Art History.

This module is concerned with the physical and social contexts for the production and consumption of works of visual art and is built round local case studies. It involves fieldwork on local sites, such as the Sussex campus and Stanmer Park, or the Brighton Pavilion and Lewes High Street. Each week, you'll be expected to have read the compulsory readings, thought about a list of issues for discussion in the seminar, and to have carried out the required activities, which involve going to look at particular sites with questions in mind. You are encouraged to visit local sites beyond those specified in the module outline.

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to learn how to make in-depth study of objects, across historical time and about particular centres of production. Your objectives include grasping the first principles of the relations that develop between artists and their patrons, the relationship between artistic production and a particular geographical site and the way that meanings can evolve in particular places.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Professional log)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 126 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: