Impressionism 1860-1900 ADED11387E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Impressionism is perhaps one of the most famous movements in art history, but how exactly do we define Impressionism? How did it begin? What was it responding to? How did it develop and why did it end? This course will explore not only the art and artists of this movement, but also its social and cultural context, and the ways in which it interlinks with other aspects of nineteenth-century French art to create a nuanced and in-depth picture of this period in art history.


Block 2

Wednesday, 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry

None. Some previous knowledge of art history is desirable but not essential.

Excluded Courses





Essay (approximately 2000 words) from a choice of titles (70%); visual test in class: identification, comparison and written discussion of slides (30%). Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Extend and develop students' basic knowledge of art history through the focussed analysis of Impressionist art from 1860-1900.

■ Develop students' critical awareness of the subject by identifying the stylistic and cultural components of Impressionism, examining its place within the broader context of 19th century and modern art.

■ Introduce students to some of the issues of methodology, historiography and context which are associated with this area of study.

■ Foster further transferable skills such as visual skills, independent learning and written presentation skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Articulate, verbally and in writing, a comprehensive knowledge of Impressionist art and its place within the context of 19th century and modern art.

■ Critically analyse Impressionist art in terms of its imagery, function, methods of production and stylistic and cultural components.

■ Identify and evaluate art historical approaches to, and interpretations of, individual Impressionist works of art. 

■ Demonstrate personal study skills in art-historical research and the ability to pursue investigation of a work of art or a theme using library, museum and gallery resources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.