Introduction to art history ADED11442

  • 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

This five-week course explores the centuries from c.500BC to c.1100AD, as a way to probe the aesthetic and cultural conditions that laid the foundations of western art. Antiquity, Byzantine, Migration Period, Early Medieval and Late Medieval are the themes of this course, and each lecture dedicates a section to how later times have engaged with the artistic standards of these earlier periods.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Block 1: Wednesdays, 14.00-16.00 (weeks 6-10)

 This course will not be delivered in the current academic session.

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

■ To examine the impact of the aesthetic and cultural standards of these centuries in later periods of western art.

■ To explore the artistic characteristics of Antiquity, Byzantine, Migration Period, Early Medieval and Late Medieval in Europe

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Recognise the artistic characteristics of Antiquity, Byzantine, Migration Period, Early Medieval and Late Medieval

■ Engage critically with the artistic values of these periods

■ Recognise their legacy in later artistic developments in Europe

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits