Exploring Art History - HART3550

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module is intended as an introduction to the world of art and to art history, both as a body of artefacts and as an academic discipline. It is intended to be accessible to those with little or no previous experience, and stimulating and informative for those who have previously studied art and culture. The approach is chronological from ancient to recent times in a global context. The module covers a range of topics, artists and art forms, including painting, sculpture and architecture, and ways to examine them (historical, cultural, artistic etc.). It introduces fundamental concepts, ideas and terminology to describe, analyse and interpret art, such as period, style, iconography, social function, patronage, composition, form, medium, genre etc.. It offers students a solid basis for the appreciation of art and its further study.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay (1500 words) (30%)
Essay (2500 words) (40%)
Seminar Performance (15%)
Seminar Presentation (15%).

Reassessment methods

Like for Like.

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will:

1. Have acquired a basic knowledge and understanding of the general development of examples of fine art, including painting and sculpture, in a global context preparing them for more specialist modules
2. Have developed a detailed knowledge and understanding of certain key or 'canonical' works produced within different traditions;
3. Have gained a familiarity with a range of the key concepts, terms and ideas that art historians employ to describe, analyse and interpret works of art, laying the ground for the study of more advanced methodologies;
4. Have acquired skills of close visual analysis through the study of particular works of art.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate developed written and oral communication and presentation skills, especially regarding the expression of complex thoughts about the visual arts;
2. Demonstrate developed capacity to listen attentively and critically to the views of others, whether spoken or written, and to make a relevant response that furthers the investigation;
3. Demonstrate developed capacity to conduct research and independent study;
4. Demonstrate developed ability to construct and evaluate arguments and consider critical positions.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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