Great art collections: Europe and North America ADED11563

  • 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 course provides an introduction to some of the world's major art collections. Each week will be devoted to one city and its art collections and these will include the Pompidou and Louvre art collections in Paris, the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles.


Block 1, weeks 6-10

Mondays, 10.00-12.00 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





No summative assessments will be undertaken.

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

This course aims to:

■ provide an introduction to the history of the selected art collections

■ examine in detail individual major works in each collection

■ set the paintings within the broader historical, cultural and social developments of their time.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the art within each collection.

■ Analyse the sources to contextualise the history of the formation of each collection.

■ Interpret and discuss how the paintings of the selected artists were influenced by previous masters and how their art influenced future generations of artists.

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. Not applicable to this non-credit bearing course.