OverviewThis module will look at disability in the arts, covering theatre, film and visual art. The students will engage with the historical representation of disability within the arts and the way in which disability scholars have critically engaged with it. The students will also look at arts institutions (i.e. theatres, cinemas and galleries) and the disabling barriers within those institutions that prevent the full participation of people with impairments in the arts. This will culminate in an 'accessibility review', whereby the students analyse the adjustments made by arts institutions for people with impairments and the extent to which they are effective. Finally, the students will engage with examples of contemporary disabled artists whose impairments informs the aesthetic qualities of their work.
This module appears in:
Contact hours: 50
Private Study Hours: 250
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Assessment 1: Essay, 3,000 words (50%)
Assessment 2: Accessibility Review, 3,000 words (50%)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the ways in which the arts (drama, film and visual art) engage with disability and the politics of disability identity;
- Understand the different modes of analysis undertaken by academics in disability studies and 'crip theory', and how it applies to the study of the arts;
- Critically engage with the work of disabled artists through a sustained engagement with key methods of enquiry based on a synthesis of historical, theoretical, and aesthetic approaches;
- Through analysing the current practice within theatres, cinemas and galleries, demonstrate a greater understanding of disabling barriers in artistic institutions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interplay between the lived experience of disability, the ethics and politics of disability representation and the aesthetics of disability arts.