BA Third Arts

Our final-arts programme is challenging and rewarding. It is designed to bring your knowledge and skills in the subject to a higher level, building on the foundations laid in the first and second years of study. The two core courses focus on broad questions within the discipline: HA3015 examines major matters relating to method, theory, and approach in Art History, while HA3029 investigates art and gender from the Renaissance to the present. The special-subject options — HA3005, HA3006, HA3023 and HA3028 — offer the freedom to shape your final-year programme to suit your individual interests and to investigate particular issues in the context of a skill-based, small-group learning environment. Lastly, the supervised research project, HA3013, will provide the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of writing under the supervision of an art historian from the teaching team.
 
For the four credit pathways on offer, see the College Calendar.
 
Dr Mary Kelly, Third-Arts Convenor.

HA3005 Roma Caput Mundi: Artists and Patrons in Renaissance Rome

Coordinator: Dr Flavio Boggi
Semester 1: Wednesday, 11:00-13:00
Location: Connolly Building C
 
This course offers a detailed investigation of the productive relationship between artist and patron in Rome during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Special attention is devoted to Popes Julius II and Leo X and their interactions with Bramante, Michelangelo and Raphael. Through a sequence of case studies, students will explore crucial debates concerning the transformation of Rome into a magnificent capital, as well as the unique political and social structures that influenced creative activity there. More

HA3006 Art of the Academy in the 19th Century

Coordinator: Dr Simon Knowles
Semester 2: Monday, 10:00-12:00
Location: Connolly Building J1
 
This module examines the impact of the aesthetic theories of Winckelmann and Burke on the artistic practices of Neo-Classicism and Romanticism. The classes focus on such key political and social issues as the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, urbanization, and the emerging relationship between western and non-western cultures. The course also investigates the wide variety of responses made to these issues in the context of academic art. More

HA3013 Supervised Research Project

Coordinator: Dr Flavio Boggi
Semesters 1 & 2: Directed Study (Individual Consultation with Supervisor and Workshops)
 
The module provides you with the opportunity to develop a particular line of research within the visual arts and to extend your skills of interpretation and analysis. A member of staff will supervise your 8,000-word project, the title of which must be agreed prior to a notified date in the first semester, and which should be submitted to the Art History office at the end of the second semester on a day prescribed by the Department. More
 
A short training course will be held in Semester 1, starting from week 3. Final details TBC.

HA3015 Approaches to the History of Art

Coordinator: Dr Sabine Kriebel
Semester 2: Thursday, 09:00-10:00 and 15:00-16:00
Location: Food Science Building 322
 
This module offers a critical introduction to some of the more recent approaches to perception in art history and visual studies.  Moving between the object of analysis and the human subject who analyses, we will explore the context, applications, and interconnections of these interpretive strategies.  Among the thinkers we will discuss are Michel de Certeau, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Roland Barthes, Louis Althusser, Kaja Silverman, Laura Mulvey, Judith Butler, and Brian Massumi. Although lectures will extrapolate upon a given theme, this is a text-based core module that requires active participation from students, including critical reading, class participation, and group discussion. More

HA3020 Themes in Italian Baroque Art

Coordinator: Dr Flavio Boggi
Semester 2: Wednesday, 11:00-13:00
Location: Connolly Building C
 
This course offers a detailed exploration of Italian seventeenth-century art in relation to style, theory and production, but also politics, culture and society. Through a sequence of case studies, students will evaluate crucial debates concerning such artists as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci and Gianlorenzo Bernini. The module involves sustained visual analysis of the period's key works as well as a critical engagement with the larger terms within which Italian Baroque art has been discussed in recent scholarship. More

HA3023 Themes in Modern Art

Coordinator: Dr Sabine Kriebel
Semester 1: Thursday, 13:00-15:00
Location: Boole 5
 
The module examines the art of the Weimar Republic, beginning with Dada and Expressionism in the immediate postwar period and ending with the advent of National Socialism in 1933. We will consider a range of artistic practices and media in their localized historical contexts, including postwar Expressionist film, New Objectivity, the Bauhaus, left-wing photography and photomontage. Among the themes we will consider are capitalist consumer culture and aesthetics, the politics of technological mass reproduction, and representations of gender. More

HA3027 Special Studies Seminar

Guest Coordinator: Dr Kerstina Mortensen
Semester 2: Thursday, 11:00-13:00
Location: Connolly Building C
 
In 2021-22, the module explores the diverse manifestations of modernism in Nordic art 1870-1920, encompassing such tendencies as Naturalism, Symbolism, and National Romanticism. With a focus on key artists including the Skagen Painters, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Edvard Munch, and Helene Schjerfbeck, this course provides in-depth analysis of the themes and contexts of Nordic art, and its significance within the wider European artistic milieu. Students will also engage with aesthetic and cultural theory pertaining to the Nordic fin de siècle, including degeneration, text and image studies, and stemningsmaleri (‘mood painting’). More

HA3028 Global Artistic Interventions: (RE)Making Identities After 1945

Coordinator: Dr Mary Kelly
Semester 1: Tuesday, 12:00-14:00
Location: Connolly Building C
 
This module explores global art history and theories from 1945 to the present. Via a series of specific case studies, we will investigate the concept of the ‘artistic intervention’ and its shifting agenda as it crosses time, cultures, traditions and geographical borders. Drawing on works of key theorists, we will explore discourses surrounding specific artists and scrutinise the social purpose of their works—considering important themes such as identity, human rights, self-agency, the body, space, nation, heritage and memory. More

HA3029 Art & Gender Identities

Guest Coordinator: Dr Mary Kelly
Semester 1: Tuesday, 9:00-10:00; Thursday, 15:00-16:00
Location: West Wing 5 (Tues); Food Science Building 322 (Thurs)
 
In 2021-22, this module explores global women’s art and gender theories from the Renaissance to the present day. It examines the various ways that artists have used their work to question and criticise the relationships between gender and society. The module involves sustained visual analysis, as well as a critical engagement with both primary and secondary texts.

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