Looking at art ADED11718E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is all about demystifying art thorough a focussed analysis of some of the major movements, artists and ideas in Western art from the 14th to the 19th century. Questions such as, how do you read a picture, why does that sculpture look the way it does, and how do artists make their works, will be addressed. Students will be introduced to the important debates and ideas as well as the key fundamentals of art history as a discipline, such as formal and contextual analysis, and will enhance their understanding of art and art history. The course will be a mixture of lectures, gallery visits and tutor-led discussions.


Block 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Thursdays, 13.00-15.00 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Oral presentation in class, 10 minutes (20%); essay (approximately 1500-2000 words) (50%); visual test (set exercise): formal analysis and contextual analysis of 2 works (30%). Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual set exercise.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to art history and develop their knowledge through the focussed analysis of western art from the 14th to the 19th century, including key concepts such as formal and contextual analysis.

■ Develop students' critical awareness of the subject by identifying the wide variety of stylistic and cultural components that influenced western art.

■ Familiarise students with some of the issues of methodology, historiography, post-colonialism 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, orally and in writing, knowledge of western art from the 14th to the 19th century, including the major art movements and artists.

■ Critically analyse and interpret major works of western art in terms of imagery, function, methods of production and stylistic and cultural components.

■ Identify and evaluate art historical approaches and interpretations of western 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.