Impressionism 1860-1900

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


Impressionism is perhaps one of the most famous movements in art history, but how exactly do we define Impressionism? How did it begin? What was it responding to? How did it develop and why did it end? This course will explore not only the art and artists of this movement, but also its social and cultural context, and the ways in which it interlinks with other aspects of nineteenth-century French art to create a nuanced and in-depth picture of this period in art history. 

Areas you'll explore will include.  

  • Impressionist art from 1860-1900. 
  • The stylistic and cultural components of Impressionism, examining its place within the broader context of 19th century and modern art.  
  • Some of the issues of methodology, historiography and context which are associated with this area of study. 

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Articulate, verbally and in writing, knowledge of Impressionist art and its place within the context of 19th century and modern art.  
  • Critically analyse Impressionist art in terms of its imagery, function, methods of production and stylistic and cultural components. 
  • Identify and evaluate art historical approaches to, and interpretations of, individual Impressionist works of art.  

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history 


10 Credits at SCQF level 8 (level 2 at undergraduate study)  

Can contribute towards a CertHE in art history. 


  1. Essay (2000 words) from a choice of titles (70%) 
  2. Visual test in class: identification, comparison, and written discussion of slides (30%). Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test. 

Mode of study

The course will be face to face on campus  


Can contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art.  

Find out more

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