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First Year Short Modules

All modules are 15 credits and taught in either term 1, term 2 or both terms.
All first-year Short modules are especially geared towards first-hand, close study of works of art and architecture in museums, galleries or on site. They foster skills in visual analysis, and promote your ability to analyse artworks independently, thus providing you with skills necessary for more advanced work.

HA1A3: Architecture

Focussing on three key periods - the medieval, the 19th century and the 20th century, this module will introduce you to architecture through the medium of ecclesiastical buildings. By examining form, function and the significance of architectural style together with the relationship between building and setting, and by using key buildings and significant local examples the module will explore the contrasting approaches taken by architects and patrons and also consider the important role and function of works of art within the buildings.

HA1A6: Prints

This module will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques and practices which developed from the early Renaissance onwards. Focusing on a selection of key artists and movements, we will consider how and why printmaking became such an important aspect of artistic production, used by artists not only to disseminate their work to wider audiences, but also as a means of aesthetic experimentation and modern expression. As well as providing an understanding of the physical construction of the print, the module will familiarise you with the vast generic range of printed images, spanning 'high' and 'low' culture, and will introduce the social, political and aesthetic meanings of such objects.

HA1A8: Sculpture

Introducing the medium of sculpture this module provides a sound understanding of the fundamentals of sculptural practice as well as encouraging you to think critically about the types of issues that sculpture raises for the art historian. Themes will include, the significance and handling of different materials; the status of sculpture as a medium; display and the role of the beholder. We will be exploring sculpture from the Renaissance to the modern period – and examining a number of key themes, in particular the significance and rediscovery of the classical tradition, the reception of sculpture as an “animated object”, and the interaction between sculpture, architecture and the beholder.

HA1B1: Photography

Our Photography module highlights major technical innovations in the art form as well as critical methods of evaluation in work from the nineteenth century to the present day. Close analysis of image and the different conceptual methods in which to think about them will be considered in relation to the evolving status and uses of the photograph in contemporary culture and its relation to other forms of art.

HA1B4: Painting Techniques

A broad knowledge of artistic media and practices through the ages is necessary if we are to recognise and understand how artists have produced their works, how some of these were considered innovative, and how choices of materials and techniques contribute to the meaning of works of art. This module aims to introduce you to some of the media and techniques used by artists over the centuries, and to some of the debates among artists and scholars around issues of artistic practice. It will help you learn to identify the reasons why artists choose certain technical approaches and materials, and the effects they achieve with them.