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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2083 Image before Art

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Eva Frojmovic
Email: E.Frojmovic@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have completed at least 20 credits from the following list of modules: ARTF1045, ARTF1046, ARTF1041, ARTF1042, ARTF2000.

Pre-requisites

ARTF1041Museum/Country House Studies 1
ARTF1042Museum/Country House Studies 2
ARTF1045A Story of Art I
ARTF1046A Story of Art 2
ARTF2000Stories of Art:An Introduction

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

PRE-REQUISITES: Students wishing to take this module as an elective must have completed at least 20 credits from the following modules: ARTF1045, ARTF1046, ARTF1041, ARTF1042 or ARTF2000Image before Art proposes to explore the major aspects of medieval art making. It is proposed that such a study of pre-modern art has a liberating potential for you as art historians and as art practitioners; the module allows us to reclaim a 'usable past', before the modern commodifying forces of the art market and the individual 'genius' artist/author come into play. The challenge of the module is to come to an understanding of the complex and dialectical links between art and religion/religiosity; especially the institutionalised aspects of medieval religious art can be very alien. We will work through the major categories of the cult image, the narrative image and the allegorical/symbolic image.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should:
- have surveyed significant aspects of medieval art theory and art making, including cult images, narrative and allegory.
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of medieval debates about the theological role and aesthetic value of images.
- be able to analyse artefacts in the light of the concepts discussed during the module, especially pre-modern notions of artist and authorship.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


Syllabus

Image before Art proposes to explore the major aspects of medieval art making. It is proposed that such a study of pre-modern art has a liberating potential for you as art historians and as art practitioners; the module allows us to reclaim a 'usable past', before the modern commodifying forces of the art market and the individual 'genius' artist/author come into play.

The challenge of the module is to come to an understanding of the complex and dialectical links between art and religion/religiosity; especially the institutionalised aspects of medieval religious art can be very alien. We will work through the major categories of the cult image, the narrative image and the allegorical/symbolic image.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar102.0020.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 150 hours: class preparation including researching textual and visual materials / reading / preparation, and reading week assignment;
- 30 hours: preparing for and writing essay.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance, group presentation, participation in class discussion, reading week assignment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/12/2010

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