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The Artwork in History


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The Artwork in History short course revolves around a series of complex art historical case studies, from different moments in art history. You will be preparing for and taking part in lively seminar discussions that focus on the social and economic as well as artistic circumstance of making and exhibiting artworks, and consider their reception. The development of your writing skill is supported by specific workshops on writing academic essays, and on using a range of secondary and primary sources introduced by the module.

Case studies typically include:

  • Art in religious settings: Santa Croce in Florence, Italy
  • Art academies and challenges to them: the Salon des Refusés, 1863 Paris
  • Modernism: Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907 to now
  • Art and design: the British Galleries in the Victoria and Albert Museum

Assessment is via a 500-word essay plan and bibliography (20%) and 2000-word essay (80%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.