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2021/22 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:Chris Taylor Contact address:c.a.taylor@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:

Students must study a total of 120 credits per academic year.

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 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF1004Introduction to Cultural Analysis II20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF1050Introduction to Studio Work30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF1051Studio Work 230 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF1026Cinema and Media History20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF1027Cultural History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF1202Approaches to Living Histories and Heritage20 creditsNot running in 202122

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 (Sep to Jun)
ARTF2127Keywords20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

ARTF2003The New York School20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF2028The Wanderers. Critical Realism in Nineteenth Century Russia20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2044Cinema and Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2047Image, Music, Text: Reading Roland Barthes20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF2049The State of Utopia20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2051Seeing in Asia20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2052Showing Asia20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF2053Venice: Image and Imagination20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF2054State of the Art: Contemporary Perspectives in Art, Science and Technology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF2055Variant Modernism20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2056Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF2057Racist Pasts/Radical Futures20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2058Home, Exile and Displacement - Histories and Representations of Belonging in the 20th Century20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF2060Ecologies of Medieval Art20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF2061Encountering Contemporary Art in a Global Context20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF2064Live Issues and Contemporary Art Practice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2065Post-Colonial Critique20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF2069The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies, Meanings20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF2074African Art I: Context Representation Signification20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF2117The Avant Gardes20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CSER2207Students Into Schools (Arts Humanities and Culture)20 creditsNot running in 202122

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 (Sep to Jun)
ARTF3205Studio Work60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

ARTF3003Deconstruction Reading Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3014Making Sense of Sound20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF3016Soviet Socialist Realism20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF3034From Trauma to Cultural Memory: The Unfinished Business of Representation and the Holocaust20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3042Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF3054Anthropology, Art and Representation20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF3057The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory20 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF3058Reading Sexual Difference20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF3059Critical approaches to photography20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3063Postcolonial Feminisms20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3077Humanity, Animality and Globality20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3099Antique Dealers: The Market for 'Decorative Art' from Curiosities to Retro20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF3109Prehuman to Post-Anthropocene20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3111Art of the Silk Roads20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARTF3168Africa and the Atlantic World: History, Historiography and the Visual Arts20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF3173Movies, Migrants and Diasporas20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

OR

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-20 credits of discovery modules

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