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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1045 A Story of Art I

20 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Eva Frojmovic

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is mutually exclusive with

DESN1443Contemporary Art 1A
DESN1444Contemporary Art 1B

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary



On completion of this module students should be able to:
- identify the salient visual and ideological characteristics of the art and artists studied;
- explain in basic terms the geographically, historically, and culturally specific circumstances of production and use of the art studied;
- identify and utilise some of the different ways of researching and writing art history and begun to look critically at the various ideas of what art is, what it is made for and why, what an artist is, and what art history might be.

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.


Challenging the idea of a single narrative story of art, this module will problematise ideas of 'art' and 'artist' by exploring the historical foundations and formations of the discipline of art history since the 18th Century. Using a number of case studies from ancient, classical, medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern art and cultures, the module will examine both the conditions of artistic production and the effects of different art historical methodologies and interests.

Each student will complete a worksheet for each of the five field trips to be formatively assessed in preparation for a multiple choice examination.

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
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours
- reading, lecture and seminar preparation
- 5 x field trip visits
- worksheet compilation
- examination preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance, participation in seminar discussions
- completion of 10 x 300 word essays (1 per week)
- Registers taken.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssaySubmission of 5 work sheets (pass/fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

1 x 1 hour multiple choice examination; end of semester 1; August resit; 100% formal assessment. Example of exam question: Which of the following is NOT true of this painting: a. it is located in the main habitation area of the cave b. the artist may have been inspired by the fact that the upper right portion of the rock is shaped like a horse┬┐s head c. the pigments were applied with brushes made from reeds and twigs d. it is painted with ground minerals mixed with powder e. the hands are negative images

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/05/2010


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