Art history

Stories of Art I: Shaping Art

Module code: V4041
Level 4
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This is a twelve-week lecture-based module that forms part of the First Year teaching for the Art History single-honours module and all joint honours modules with Art History. It provides an introductory experience of studying art history at undergraduate level.

You will be introduced to a wide range of works of visual art across time and across cultures. We will consider many different kinds of works of art – paintings, sculptures, architecture, prints, drawings, and the so-called decorative and applied arts – and acknowledge that such objects raise a wide range of questions that can be answered in many different ways. The module is based on the principle that there are multiple Stories – rather than one single Story – of Art.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the basic concept of art having multiple histories.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of underlying principles of art history through evaluating key artistic moments and objects.
  • Be able to interpret key art objects in terms of historical relations between makers, patrons and audiences.
  • Demonstrate awareness of changing interpretations of works of art across different periods and places.