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2007/08 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DESN1444 Contemporary Art 1B

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Kenneth Hay

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) 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 the 1960 to the present day;
- 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 the examination of Pop art practices in Europe and America. The series explores artworks and movements in Europe, the Americas and the broader art-world from the 1960s to the present, taking into account the varieties of historical, theoretical and material factors affecting and determining practical experimentation in the arts. Reference will be made to the philosophy, literature and science of the period. As the lectures progress, students will be introduced to key moments and examples of art works and themes in the development of the art market and post-modernism, as well as being made aware of the contested nature of these categorisations. Throughout, the art historical context will be discussed in relation to social, political, theoretical and historical issues. The series ends with an examination of Cyberspace, electronic arts and the contemporary world art scene.

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 essay / project work: 36 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are required to give 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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