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Second Year Core and Long View Modules

All modules are 30 credits and are taught in a single term

Autumn Term

HA2E7: Exhibiting the Contemporary (taught in Venice)

The aim of this module is to introduce the importance of exhibitions for the interpretation of contemporary art and contemporary architecture. 'Exhibition' is here conceived as the (in principle public) time and space of 'showing' in the broadest sense. Taught in Venice through lectures, seminars and site visits, the module will involve the study of current exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture within and outside the frame of the Biennale, considered in conjunction with pertinent texts on contemporary exhibition-making, curating, and museum and exhibition history.

HA2F2: Venice: Rise and Myth (taught in Venice)

This module will foster awareness of the relationship between art and its cultural and physical contexts through first-hand study of Venetian Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture in its original location. The social and political frameworks of Venice will also be examined. You will study the key examples of architecture, painting and sculpture in terms of their commissioning, manufacture, consumption and subsequent critical fortune.

Spring Term

HA2C4: Practical Art (max. 12 students)

Students will explore their own practice via tutor led workshops in a range of drawing languages and print which will lead towards a body of work that will express and reflect their ability as individuals and as independent practitioners. They will need to keep a sketch book of a high standard which will be an ongoing journal of their work on the module containing evidence of research, practical art developments, experimentation techniques, workshops and extra curricula activities which have a relevance to their work. This module is challenging and requires a serious commitment from the individual. It very much relies on the student being the instigator of their creative outcomes and it will therefore be beneficial to have some previous creative experience either at A level or Higher Education although this is not essential. However we would expect students who wish to be part of this module to have a very strong interest in contemporary art practice.

HA2D8: Art of the Baroque

This module intends to provide students with an overview of the evolutions of the visual arts in the seventeenth century across Europe and beyond. The emphasis lies on the inter-geographical and comparative structure of the module, in which the Italian “paradigm” is compared and contrasted with the emerging national paradigms of France, Spain, Flanders, the Dutch Republic, and potentially the New World.

HA2F1: The Renaissance: North and South

This module focuses on the movement of art and artists between Italy (especially but not exclusively Florence) and the Low Countries and Germany from c. 1430 – 1580. Students will consider a variety of products such as oil paintings, tapestries, marble sculptures, caskets of parquetry inlaid with bone from Venice and the factors behind exchanges, trade and gifts. The major Northern and Southern courts under discussion are those of the Burgundian Netherlands, the German Empire, and the Medici, and artists studied may include the van Eyck brothers, Hugo van der Goes, Matthias Grunewald, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo and Raphael.