Study of a Single Artist - HART6700

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 6 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

Short Essay (1,500 words) - (30%)
Long essay (3,000 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 6 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 study 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, systematic understanding of the range and diversity of approaches to the study of art within the multidisciplinary History of Art programme.
4. evidence that they have acquired conceptual understanding of the different types of critical writing which shape the discussion of the visual arts and developed the ability to critically evaluate the appropriate of the different approaches.
5. demonstrate that they have acquired in depth understanding and knowledge in visual analysis of works of art, including how to 'read' an image.
6. evidence that they have acquired systematic understanding of the various sites of production and display of the visual arts, the traditions associated with them, and the affect they have upon the form and content of such work.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module Level 6 students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate that they have engaged with and systematically understood critical reading and analysis of a range of primary and secondary texts, including visual materials.
2. Demonstrate that they have developed a sustained understanding and application key skills in written communication, problem solving, and apply a sense of responsibility for their own learning.
3. Demonstrate that they have learned to use relevant Information Technologies to research and present their work.
4. Demonstrate that they have developed the key skills of communication and working with others in a group, 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 learned 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 developed their ability to write coherent, informed and logical arguments in a well-organised and well-presented essay.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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