Module Title:Art & Design History
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Blended and E-Learning /Lectures /Class discussion/gallery/museum visits, student presentations and class based learning research activities. Blended learning strategies will entail the use of electronic platforms such as Blackboard to provide on- line learning materials and interactive question and answer sessions. Lectures will outline key issues, artists, art works etc. using audio visual and interactive methods as appropriate. Class discussions/presentations will encourage students to further develop their communication skills. Gallery Visits will also include the international field trip. Student presentations will allow students to clarify in detail a topic that is both student and tutor selected. Finally in support of discussion students will be encouraged to reflect on set reading extracts for each class.
Module Aim: This module serves as an introduction to Art and Design History laying particular emphasis upon concepts and artistic developments belonging to art and design in Europe and the West. The course contains an overview of art history from the Neolithic times to the Modern period during the first semester. However in recognition of the influence of mid 19th century thought and practice on the importance of design an element of this is reflected in the content of the course. Issues covered will be the meaning modernity has for art and design history, laying particular emphasis upon the social effects of industrialization upon art and popular culture between 1900-1940. The aim of this course is to demonstrate how our understanding of art and design and its reception is shaped by social and technological forces and how these forces were integral to Modernism as an artistic response to Modernity. It uses assessment as a tool for developing both the students knowledge of the area and their ability to clearly communicate this knowledge. Students are expected to attend and participate in all the formal timetabled sessions for the subject. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent study in support of the subject and project aims. Subject Aims: To develop and broaden an understanding of art and design from pre-modern to the modern period up to World War Two. • To help the student achieve a confidence in understanding and analyzing visual images and presenting this analysis in written form. • To introduce the concepts of Modernity, Modernism and the industrialization of culture. • To concentrate on how our understanding and reception of art, design and material culture is shaped by social and technological forces.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Be able to demonstrate a specialised and broad knowledge base of artistic movements and historical events between the mid 19th and mid 2oth centuries through: (a.) The presentation of both individual and class work projects and written course work assignments. (b.) Explaining significant underlying theories with respect to Modernity and Modernism at seminar and crit. (c.) Identifying the main periodisations, concepts and styles associated with specific art movements of the past 2000 years
LO2 Be able to understand and make connections between art/design and societal change through (a.) Research and evaluation of opinions on art/design from the last century. (b.) The recognition of current contemporary art/ design practices that address similar concerns to historical practices.
LO3 Be able to formulate a considered response to artistic issues belonging to Modernity and Modernism through: (a) Written work that demonstrates a variety of technical skills in word processing and presentation of images with text. (b) Self directed research course work through accessing and investigating traditional and on line sources and developing independent and critical research. (c) Constructing clear arguments with the potential of drawing conclusions.
LO4 On successful completion of this course students will: Have an understanding of the interpretative and contextual nature of early 20th century art history through (a) Engaging with various theories and conceptual models as applied to the art and design history category of Modernism and the sociological category of Modernity. (b) Creating textual presentations reflective of considered analysis. (c) Integrating contemporary historical perspectives with a long view over the past 2000 years.
LO5 Demonstrate ability to articulate and debate a viewpoint on specific art movements in the 20th Century through: (a.) Making and managing an essay plan, demonstrating clarity of thought and expression. (b.) Through the construction of a basic power point presentation (c.) Participating in class work based activities such as Pop quizzes and question and answer sessions based on set reading extracts.
LO6 Develop an appreciation of self motivated and regulated learning through (a.) Developing a range of individual learning processes displayed in essay and or aural presentation form. (b.) Seeking regular tutor input as a guide to independent study. (c.) Setting goals and meeting deadlines
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Art & Design History
A survey of Western Civilisation and an introduction to Modernism, Modernity and the industrialization of culture leading to an understanding of how art and its reception is shaped by social and technological forces. An emphasis is also placed on the development of research methodologies and introduction to essay writing. Where possible the lectures will relate to studio projects and briefs and exploit whatever crossovers there may be between work in the studio and theoretical concerns. SEMESTER 1: Modernity. Including for example: • Pre-Modern, Medieval and Modern in Western Civilisation • New Technology and industrialisation ( war, cinema, and the telephone). • New patterns of living (urbanisation and migration). • New theoretical paradigms ( the enlightenment, capitalism, evolution). SEMESTER 2: Modernism. Including for example: • Antiquity, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and Romancticism • New cultural movements (Futurism, Cubism, Constructivism and Surrealism). • New political ideologies (Fascism, first wave feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis). • The role of the avant-garde and multi discipline approaches to art, architecture, film and design.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Semester 1: Essay - 1,500 words typed with illustrations or a combination of student presentation, class based workbook exercises and essay, for example 80% for the essay and 20% for a presentation and class based workbook exercises. 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
Project Semester 2: Essay - 1,500 words typed with illustrations or a combination of student presentation, class based workbook exercises and essay, for example 80% for the essay and 20% for a presentation and class based workbook exercises. 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Lecture Every Week 45.00
Total Hours 48.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWVCD_D Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and Design 1 Mandatory
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 1 Mandatory
CW_HWVCD_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications and Design 1 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 1 Mandatory