History of Art MA

Images of China 1700-1935 HISTART4026

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Images of China: 1700-1935 will examine aspects of the arts of China during a period of increasing Western contact and, later, encroachment, focusing in particular upon the ways in which art was used to create an image or set of images both within the country and beyond. 


1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in History of Art and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Examination (120 minutes duration) - 60%

Essay (2,000 words) - 30%

Presentation (10 minutes) - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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 will provide the opportunity to:


■ build on the teaching provision at earlier levels of the degree course in History of Art;

■ maintain the breadth of the Honours provision in the History of Art Department by introducing students to a key artistic period in Chinese history;

■ examine the role of certain artistic forms and traditions in the development of ideas, images and perceptions of China from the 18th to 20th centuries;

■ trace the mechanisms and ideas that fuelled the market for Chinese works of art from the 18th-20th centuries; 

■ familiarize students with the production and reception of art during the late-Qing and Republican periods both in China and in Europe

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ engage with and critically evaluate the way in which certain arts were key in promoting an image of China during the period studied;

■  identify the methods by which these arts were produced and received both within and without China using visual and textual evidence; 

■ evaluate and compare the impact of the West on China, in political, social and artistic terms during the period studied;

■ draw conclusions from the visual and textual evidence to construct reasoned arguments in both oral and written form

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.