Art history

Art on Site: Place, Identity, Meaning

Module code: V4136
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of underlying concepts in understanding the relationship between art and its geographical location.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of how relations between artist and patron are mediated through site-specific considerations.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of how the meanings of works of art can change according to their physical location.
  • Demonstrate basic practical understanding of field-work study in the discipline.