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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Fine Art with Contemporary Cultural Theory

Programme code:BA-FA/CSUCAS code:3E5Z
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Nick Thurston Contact address:n.thurston@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAB-ABB or equivalent qualifications plus portfolio

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The nature of contemporary art practice presents many challenges for the Fine Art student in a globalised and rapidly changing context of new technologies, industries, media and communication systems. This degree extends the long established traditions of Fine Art at the University of Leeds which have, since the foundation of the School in 1949, become internationally renowned for promoting the necessity of an intellectually and historically enriched environment for Fine Art practice. Students will be supported to explore new directions for contemporary art in terms of the continuing legacy of conceptual art, performance, new media, digitisation, writing and other new forms as well as the impact of globalisation on the art world and its institutions. Through studio practice and academic study they will develop an understanding of relevant aspects of contemporary philosophy, theories of the image and gaze, media forms, as well as engaging with questions of gender, sexuality, difference, subjectivity, identity, ethnicity, relations to the human and non-human other, issues of science and of new technologies.

This unique combination of Fine Art practice and a humanities and arts oriented Cultural Studies programme will enable students to support their studio work with a range of modules that have profound relevance to the debates and directions emerging in the broad field of contemporary art. Fine Art at the University of Leeds is taught by a dedicated staff team of internationally active practitioners, supported by full-time technicians and regular visiting artists, and offers students the chance to study abroad and gain work experience in professional contexts. Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds offers the student access to film and media studies, philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis, studies of feminist, postcolonial and queer gender cultures, introductions to major thinkers such as Adorno, Freud, Barthes, Foucault, Benjamin, Cixous, Kristeva, Warburg and Deleuze. This combination of cultural theory and creative practice enables the student to develop practical making skills and a sophisticated understanding of their own artistic concerns, both built upon a rigorous foundation of knowledge about the academic humanities that is fit for the future.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF1003Introduction to Cultural Analysis 120 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1004Introduction to Cultural Analysis II20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF1050Introduction to Studio Work30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1051Studio Work 230 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF1023Cultural History20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1026Cinema and Media History20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Or Candidates may study 20 credits of discovery modules:


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF2040Studio Work60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARTF2127Keywords20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates must study 20-40 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF2003The New York School20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2028The Wanderers. Critical Realism in Nineteenth Century Russia20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF2044Cinema and Culture20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2047Image, Music, Text: Reading Roland Barthes20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2049The State of Utopia20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2051Seeing in Asia20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2052Showing Asia20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2053Venice: Image and Imagination20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2054State of the Art: Contemporary Perspectives in Art, Science and Technology20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2055Variant Modernism20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2056Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARTF2060Ecologies of Medieval Art20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2064Live Issues and Contemporary Art Practice20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2065Post-Colonial Critique20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF2069The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies, Meanings20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2074African Art I: Context Representation Signification20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2117The Avant Gardes20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may study the following optional module

ARTF2800Careers Preparation for Arts and Culture20 creditsSemester 2

OR

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-20 credits of discovery modules:


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF3060Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARTF3205Studio Work60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0-20 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF3003Deconstruction Reading Politics20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3014Making Sense of Sound20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF3016Soviet Socialist Realism20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF3034From Trauma to Cultural Memory: The Unfinished Business of Representation and the Holocaust20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
ARTF3042Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3054Anthropology, Art and Representation20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3057The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF3058Reading Sexual Difference20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3059Critical approaches to photography20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3063Postcolonial Feminisms20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3077Humanity, Animality and Globality20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3099Antique Dealers: The Market for 'Decorative Art' from Curiosities to Retro20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3168Africa and the Atlantic World: History, Historiography and the Visual Arts20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3173Movies, Migrants and Diasporas20 creditsSemester 2

OR

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-20 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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