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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.

HA1A4: Landscape

This module aims to introduce students to the variety of issues involved in interpreting landscape. It examines the rise of landscape as a genre, analyses landscape in its social and political context and addresses issues of landscape aesthetics from both an historical and a theoretical perspective. Students will examine the techniques artists employed in painting landscapes through coming face-to-face with examples of landscape paintings in local collections.

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.

HA1A7: Sacred Art

This module aims to de-mystify Christian art, and to introduce students to the characteristics and functions of religious imagery in the medieval and early modern periods. They will become familiar with issues like iconoclasm, miracle-working images, and the importance of art in death and commemoration. While the focus is very much on Christian art, some comparisons will be drawn with Judaic and Islamic doctrines on images and representation. The module will encourage an awareness of the religious dimension to much western art, but also ask students to think critically about the frequent conflicts between art and belief.

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.

HA1B6: Fakes and Forgeries

This module has been designed to introduce students to the critical evaluation of visual and documentary evidence through a discussion of works of art that have been revealed or are polemically considered to be fakes. Taking a thematic approach, the module will consider cases from the medieval to the contemporary across different media. The following questions will be addressed: What is authenticity? When did the notion of forgery emerge? What is the difference between copy, replica, and forgery? Is restoration a sort of forgery? Is there a science to reveal forgeries? What is the relationship between fake and mass culture? Two important 20th-century films will provide further points for study. The module will be team-taught and will also introduce students to the range and presentation methods of the members of the department.