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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2000 Stories of Art: An Introduction

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof David Hill
Email: D.Hill@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is suitable even if you have little knowledge of art history. It may be taken as an independent module, but it also qualifies you to take other options in art history. The aim is not to tell 'a story of art', nor to study a specific period, but to introduce you to what art historians do, to the varied materials and problems of art history, to the idea that art history is a number of different kinds of study. You will learn names, facts and dates connected with sculptures, buildings, paintings and prints from various periods but you will also learn something about how art historians work. - What assumptions are made about 'art'? - What is an 'artist'? - How can images be interpreted? - What questions can be asked about them and what evidence and arguments can be used in answering them? - How have the answers to these questions changed at various times and how have they been affected by feminism and postmodernism? Assessment: 1 x 1 hour exam (50%) and 1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay (50%).(NOTE: Single Honours Art History, Fine Art, History of Art & Museum Studies and Cultural Studies students cannot take this module - it is an elective only outside the School).

Objectives

To introduce students with little or no prior knowledge of the subject to aspects of the study of art history, its methods, materials and problems, enabling them, if they wish, to proceed to more specialised options.

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

- Notions of the artist, authorship and the work of art
- questions of representation
- knowledge and interpretation
- changing conditions of production
- reception and classification of works of art
- examples of various approaches to writing histories of art.

These questions will be approached through the close study of selected texts and groups of images. Students will be instructed how to access and use a range of resources.

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
Seminar112.0022.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

178 hours - class/essay/presentation/exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- attendance at lectures
- register taken
- non-assessed presentation
- contribution to class discussions.

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 2,000-3,000 words 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: 23/12/2010

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