Ways of Looking at Western Art (International Summer School) ADED12027E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers a focussed analysis of the key movements, artists, and ideas in Western art from the 14th to the 19th century. We will address and discuss questions such as: how do you read a picture; why does a sculpture look the way it does and how do artists make their works? You will be introduced to important debates and ideas, as well as the key fundamentals of art history as a discipline through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and local and accessible gallery visits. You will enhance your understanding of art and art history through formal and contextual analysis.


Two 2-hour classes per day, for five days per week (Monday-Friday)

2 weeks

Total 40 hours

Days and times TBC

Requirements of Entry

Please refer to the entry requirements as set out on the University of Glasgow International Summer School web pages: University of Glasgow - Study - Visiting students - International Summer School - Our courses - How to Look at Art

Excluded Courses

ADED11718E Looking at Art




Essay (1500 words) (75%)

Visual test (written set exercise) - A compare and contrast exercise of two artworks (25%)

Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

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 the key concepts of 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 debates surrounding methodology, historiography, post-colonialism and context which are associated with this area of study

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 major art movements, artists, and debates

■ Compare 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

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.