Hepworth to Hockney: British art 1930s-1960s ADED11236

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Between the 1930s and the 1960s Britain became one of the most important countries for modern art. From the St Ives artists such as Barbara Hepworth, through to the Independent Group with Eduardo Paolozzi and to David Hockney, the diversity of artists and movements was enormous. This short course will examine the key movements and artists of this most innovative period of British art.


Block 1

2 hours per week for 5 weeks (weeks 1-5)

Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Provide an introduction to British art and artists between 1930s and the 1960s.

■ Provide a social and cultural context for British art between 1930s and the 1960s.

■ Develop an understanding of how British art between 1930s and the 1960s is contextualised within the broader history of art at the time.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand the diversity of art and artists in Britain between 1930s and the 1960s

■ Critically analyse the social and cultural context in which this art was created.

■ Identify key British artists and their individual works and styles within this period.

■ Practically demonstrate a deeper appreciation of British art and artists.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits