Module Title:Art and Design: Themes and Contexts.
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 themes and social contexts in Art and Design laying particular emphasis upon concepts and artistic developments belonging to Europe and the West in the first half of the 20th century. 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 movements, 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 a creative response to Modernity.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 To demonstrate a broad knowledge of artistic-design movements and historical events between the mid 19th and mid 20th centuries and to understand and make connections between the early Avant-Gardes and societal change in the time period covered.
LO2 To present an appropriately researched topic correctly referenced, supported by quotations and bibliography.
LO3 To identify and use a variety of research skill options including online research in on -line pop quizes and class based writting exercises.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Art & Design: Themes & Contexts
An introduction to Modernism, Modernity and the industrialization of culture leading to an understanding of how art / design 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. Modernity. Including for example: • New Technology and industrialisation ( war, cinema, and the telephone). • New patterns of living (urbanisation and migration). • New theoretical paradigms ( the enlightenment, capitalism, evolution). Modernism including for example: • New cultural movements (Futurism, Cubism, Constructivism and Surrealism). • The role of the avant-garde and multi discipline approaches to art, architecture, film and design.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Writing Exercises on selected texts. 1,3 20.00 n/a
Essay Essay - 1,500 -2,000 words typed with illustrations or a combination of student presentation, and essay, for example 80% for the essay and 20% for a presentation. 1,2,3 70.00 n/a
Case Studies In Class Pop Quiz 1,3 10.00 n/a
No Project
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 3.00
Independent Learning Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

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