HA1004: An Introduction to the History of Art

Credit Weighting: 20
No. of Students: Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 and 2.
Teaching Methods: 72 x 1hr(s) Lectures; Workshops (Gallery Visits plus self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Flavio Boggi, Discipline of History of Art.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Discipline of History of Art.
Module Objective: To introduce the concept and skills of Art History and some major elements in the historical formation.
Module Content: To introduce students to the skills and techniques of art historical research through a series of select studies across different visual media and historical periods from antiquity to the modern with special emphasis on techniques of visual analysis.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the main phases of the Western tradition in art and architecture;
  • Identify a representative selection of the major works of the tradition;
  • Relate key works to the artistic, cultural, and historical contexts in which they arose;
  • Define and use correctly the technical terms necessary to describe (a) the different techniques, elements, and forms used; (b) the different types of work produced by artists and architects;
  • Identify the imagery or iconography used by the artists during the period covered;
  • Analyse works in visual terms and discuss their significance as visual documents;
  • Write about a specific work or group of works, in which the factual information and differing interpretations are organised in a logical fashion.
Assessment: Total Marks 400: Continuous Assessment 400 marks (3 Class Tests: 65 marks each; 3 Essays - 1,500 words each: 65 marks each; attendance and participation: 10 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (submit a piece of assessed coursework, as prescribed by the Department, by the 3rd Friday in August).

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