Module
descriptions

for Liberal Studies (Art History) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these module is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. 

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. 

Quantitative Literacy

This module introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

 

Degress Level Modules

Contemporary Art

This module provides the opportunity to engage critically with contemporary art. It introduces key methods employed in analysing contemporary works of art in a wide range of media, from drawing, painting and sculpture, to film, photography and other new media. Weekly visits to museums, galleries and exhibitions in non-traditional spaces, with their rich international exhibitions, enable you to apply concepts discussed in the classroom in front of original works of art.

Introduction to Drawing

This module introduces historic and contemporary practices in drawing. Through weekly classes of drawing and studying drawings in the history of art, you will gain confidence in your own drawing ability. Most of the classes take place outside the classroom, in a wide range of settings around London, developing and extending your observational skills and drawing ability using a range of materials.

Introduction to the History of Art I

This module introduces the history of art around the world. You will examine works of art and artefacts that have been produced in a wide range of different cultures. Many of the classes are held in London museums, thereby enabling you to study items at first hand. The module covers periods from the ancient world to the Renaissance.

Introduction to the History of Art II

This module introduces the history of art around the world. You will examine works of art and artefacts that have been produced in a wide range of different cultures. Many of the classes are held in London museums, thereby enabling you to study items at first hand. The module covers periods from the Baroque to early Modernism.

Art & Business

You will explore the interactions between finance and art. Case studies are used to examine topics in depth, such as corporate collecting, commercial galleries, auction houses, online auctions, emerging markets, contemporary investments and historical collections. The module benefits from resources in London to combine classroom sessions, including lectures from invited experts in the field, with visits to private and public collections, an auction house and an art fair.

Baroque Art

We shall begin by studying the art of Baroque Italy, concentrating on the artists Annibale Carracci and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. We will then turn to the Netherlands and contrast the art of the Catholic Flanders (Rubens and Van Dyck), with the vast output of art found in the Protestant Netherlands (Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer). We shall then study the paintings of French artists working in Rome, including Poussin and Claude, the sculpture of Bernini and his contemporaries and the paintings of Spanish artists including Velazquez. There will also be a session dedicated to the close examination of prints and drawings from the period.

Early Renaissance Art and Society

This module begins with an introduction to the period, asking what the Renaissance was and introducing the history and politics of the regions that will be studied. You will learn about the transition from medieval art, where the artist was usually an anonymous craftsman, to the Renaissance where some artists became celebrities with huge wealth and influence. 

Introductory Special Subject in Art History

This module introduces key themes and topics in art history, such as ‘History of English Architecture’, ‘Country Houses’, ‘Interior Design: The English Home’ and ‘Medieval Art and Architecture’. The module draws on the expertise of individual faculty members, as well as the unique resources offered by the museums, galleries and wider collections in London. Weekly visits enable concepts discussed in the classroom to be applied to original works of art. 

Intermediate Special Subject in Art History

This module introduces key themes and topics in art history, such as Religion and the Arts: Painting, Architecture and Music, History of Photography, British Art: Nation and Representation, Word and Image and Creative Processes. The module draws on the expertise of individual faculty members, as well as the unique resources offered by the museums, galleries and wider collections in London. Weekly visits enable concepts discussed in the classroom to be applied to original works of art. 

High Renaissance Art and Mannerism

This module will begin with studying the political situation in Italy at the end of the 15th century, looking at the changes that took place in painting and sculpture during this period.  The art of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael will be studied in detail, with lectures focusing on monumental decorative schemes (the Last Supper, Sistine Chapel Ceiling and Vatican Stanze), as well as opportunities to view works by these artists at the National Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum. The sculpture of Michelangelo will also be studied from plaster casts found in the V&A. 

Curating

You will explore the world of curating, both historical and contemporary. The module addresses the presentation and reception of works of art in the public sphere, including traditional media, as well as film and performance, sound projects, digital media and site specific projects. Case studies are used to examine topics in depth, such as: curating in major public museums as well as commercial galleries; how methods of curating have changed over history; and curating in non-traditional spaces. The module combines classroom sessions, including lectures from invited experts in the field, with visits to a wide range of display spaces.  

Enlightenment to Impressionism 

This module will begin with a survey of art in France in the years leading up to the French Revolution, looking at the work of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard and the rise of Neo-Classicism in the work of Ingres and David.  We shall then study Romantic painting both in France (Delacroix, Gericault) and in Britain (Turner and Constable) as well as the work of the Spanish artist Goya.  We will also focus on the realist artists working in France and the birth of Impressionism.  In the second half of the semester, we shall turn to examine art movements in Britain including the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, the Aesthetic Movement and the Arts and Crafts Movement.  The module will be supported by visits to a number of museums and galleries including the National Gallery, Tate Britain, the Courtauld Gallery and the William Morris Gallery.

Modernism to Postmodernism

London holds an impressive collection of art from the 20th century and this module is orientated around direct observation of works of art in collections in the capital. It consists of a chronological study of developments in 20th century art, including Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, through classroom meetings and gallery visits. 

Writing about Art

This module explores the history of writing about art, from traditional methods associated with aesthetics, formal analysis and biography, to more recent practices, including the application of Marxist theories in social art history, semiotics, feminist theories and psychoanalysis. You will study a wide range of texts, from historic accounts and artists’ writings, to those used in museum catalogues, to more recent art criticism available online, in film and television. The relevant theories and methods are discussed in relation to key works in museums and galleries around London.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.