Art and the City I (V4048A)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Art and the City (A) is an eleven-week module taught in the Autumn term. The module is the first of two consecutive modules on Art and the City that form part of the second year teaching for the Art History single-honours module and all joint honours modules with Art History.

Art and the City is concerned with the physical and social contexts for the production and consumption of works of visual art and architecture. While it is built around a close study of the city of Rome, it includes case studies of other global cities and a focus on different types of space, urban geographies and material and social histories in urban contexts. Both parts (Art & the City 1 and 2) use the following topics and themes as tools with which to examine different types of urban space in Rome and beyond: Sacred Spaces, Public Spaces, Private Spaces, Materials, Vocabularies of Art, Organisation of Space, Changing Spaces.

This module aims to provide a framework within which to study the history of a single city (Rome) as well the tools to interpret questions around the global city and the navigation of urban space, through a series of case studies across a broadly chronological timeframe. It focuses on how we interact with urban space, rather than on objects in museum collections. You will learn how to interpret art and architecture on site as well as how to record the built environment in various ways, from using sketchbooks and detailed on-site notes to 360 degree cameras and sound recordings.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: