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2007/08 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DESN1443 Contemporary Art 1A

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Kenneth Hay

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- have an overview of the historical, theoretical and practical context of contemporary European and American art from its origins in the late ninetheenth century to the 1960's;
- gain an understanding of the chronological development of this history and of some of the key movements and themes through which it develops;
- begin to develop an understanding of the complex ways in which historical, theoretical and material aspects condition, influence and interweave with the practices of contemporary art;
- begin to recognise key artworks and movements within this history and their differences;
- begin to be able to identify, articulate, describe and discuss examples of these artworks, movements and historical traditions.


This is a slide lecture series, for students in Contemporary Art Practice, and available as an elective. The Module begins with an overview of the development of early modernist experimentation in the fine arts, particularly in Europe. The series explores the difficulties in trying to define cultural movements, but also the varieties of historical, theoretical and materials factors affecting and determining practical experimentation in the arts. Reference will be made to the literature and science of the period. As the lectures progress, students will be introduced to key moments and examples of art works and movements in the development of Modernism from its roots in French Salon art and the work of the Impressionists, as well as being made aware of the contested nature of these examples and movement. Throughout, the art historical context will be discussed in relation to social, political, theoretical and historical issues. The series ends with Pop-art and the art of the 1960's.

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 hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Seminar preparation: 10 hours;
Reading for lectures: 33 hours;
Development of project work / essay: 36 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are required to do 1 seminar presentation each, starting from week 2 and continuing through to week 11.

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
Essay3000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 02/04/2008


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