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 module provides a first experience of the study of the history of art at undergraduate level.

We aim to introduce students to a wide range of visual art across time and cultures. You'll consider many different kinds of works of art – paintings, sculptures, architecture, prints, drawings, and the so-called decorative and applied arts. You'll explore how such objects raise 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.