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Studying Contemporary Art Abroad (AHIS30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 25Not available in 2019

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Overview

Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAHIS30002
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This subject is taught on location in a major art centre (the subject may be taught in one year in New York, or in other destinations as appropriate) using social, economic, geographical and cultural effects of the respective arts centre as a case study of culture in action. Students will be introduced to the key institutional components of the art centre studied: this may include as appropriate: urban and rural fabrics, museums, cultural sites, galleries, alternative spaces, corporate collections, auction houses, art magazines and studies, depending on the art centre. Students will study the history, context, display and consumption of art, allowing consideration of recent developments in museology, arts policy and cultural tourism. The subject develops a broad understanding of the historical and aesthetic characteristics of artworks produced during selected artistic periods. The subject draws attention to the varying contexts informing works of art, including the relationship between art and its methods of production and preservation, its encouragement with society and installation in museum settings, and the different ways in which it conveys. Students should develop a range of approaches to understanding art, from issues of censorship and art, to gender and sexual identity in art, art and politics, space and meaning. The subject provides students with a fundamental grounding in art history and/or architectural history, and in the broader critical and analytical skills necessary for the study of art in later years. Students wishing to enrol in this subject must consult the notes below.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the subject, students should have:

  • an overview of the art history located in an art centre through a close study, as appropriate of its urban and rural fabric, museums, cultural site, galleries, alternative spaces, corporate collections, auction houses, art magazines and studios;
  • considered the history, context, display and consumption of art;
  • an overview of recent developments in museology, arts policy and cultural tourism;
  • a broad understanding of the historical and aesthetic characteristics of artworks produced during the artistic periods specific to the centre;
  • understand the varying contexts informing works of art, including the relationship between art and its methods of production and preservation, its engagement with society and installation in museum settings, and the different ways in which viewers respond to art and interpret the meanings and messages which it conveys;
  • studied and understood a range of approaches to understanding art, from issues of censorship and art, to gender and sexual identity in art, art and politics, space and meaning;
  • a fundamental grounding in art history and/or architectural history, and in the broader critical and analytical skills necessary for the study of art in later years;
  • the ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • the ability to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • the ability to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays, assignments and examination revision; and
  • the abilty to participate in teamwork through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, student will gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligbly and economically through essay writing and tutorial disussion;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Last updated: 3 April 2019