Great female artists of the 20th century ADED11691

  • 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 the work of five great 20th-century artists, all of them women, and all of them active in America. Each meeting will be devoted to an individual artist, placing their achievements within the context of their life and milieu. The artists featured are Georgie O'Keefe, Louise Nevelson, Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeois, and Helen Frankenthaler.


Block 1

Weeks 6-10

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Wednesday, 18.00-20.00

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

The aims of this course are to:

■ Provide an introduction to the life and work of major female American artists.

■ Study in detail individual major works by each artist.

■ 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 each artist's life, career and art.

■ Analyse the primary and secondary sources to contextualise the artists' key achievements.

■ Interpret and discuss with confidence 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

Not applicable to a non-credit bearing course