Study of a Single Artist - HART6690

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 30 (15) Catherine Hahn checkmark-circle


The module will involve the study of a single artist of significance for the history of art. Through the in-depth study of the works of art of a single artist, the interpretations made of them and the cultural significance of the artist's life and oeuvre, students will be introduced to a wide range of approaches and issues central to the theory and practice of the discipline of Art History. They will also acquire subject-specific and generic learning skills necessary to progress on their degree programme. The convenorship of the module will rotate among members of History of Art and with it the choice of artist to be studied.

The purpose of the module is not to uphold a canon of established masters. The artist chosen could be historic or contemporary, working in a traditional or non-traditional medium or located anywhere in the world. An indicative list of possible artists is: Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Léon Ferrari, El Anatsui, or Rachel Whiteread.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 260
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

One Short Essay (1,000 words) - (30%)
One long Essay (2,500 words) - (50%)
Seminar Performance (20%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:

1 demonstrate that they have studied the life and oeuvre of a significant artist and the historical context in which he or she worked;
2 demonstrate that they have studied, through the focused engagement of the art of a single artist, a number of key theoretical and critical concerns relevant to the History of Art programme as a whole;
3 demonstrate that they have acquired, through a focused study of the art of a single artist, critical understanding of the range and diversity of approaches to the study of art within the multidisciplinary History of Art programme;
4 evaluate and assess the different types of critical writing which have shaped and mediated the discussion of the visual arts;
5 demonstrate that they have acquired critical understanding in visual analysis of works of art, including how to 'read' an image;
6 evidence that they have acquired knowledge of the main sites of production and display of the visual arts concerned, the traditions associated with them, and the affect they have had upon the form and content of such work.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate that they have studied read, respond and understand a range of primary and secondary texts, including visual materials.
2 Demonstrate that they have studied to effectively communicate information and arguments through the development of written communication, problem solving, and a sense of responsibility for their own learning.
3 Demonstrate that they have learnt how to use relevant Information Technologies to research and present their work.
4 Demonstrate that they have developed the key skills to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods, as well as gaining confidence in participating in critical discussion and debate while remaining open to the viewpoints of others.
5 Demonstrate that they have learnt to locate a range of relevant learning and reference resources (including visual resources) within the Templeman Library and the internet, and to use them to support their arguments and analyses.
6 Demonstrate that they have learnt to write coherent, informed and logical arguments in a well-organised and well-presented essay.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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