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AHT1101: Introduction to the history and theory of art

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Introduction to the history and theory of art

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This unit explores key developments in histories of recent art. In it, you will analyse important artworks and reflect on their importance for the way we live today. Through written assessments and tutorial discussions, you will develop communication skills as you learn to express your point of view and develop the language of your creative discipline. You will also develop your ability to engage critically with major concerns in contemporary art, and to relate these to historical precedents.


1 - Historical analysis - 25% 2 - Short Assessment - 30% 3 - Research Essay - 45%


12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study, or equivalent.