All modules are 30 credits and are taught in a single 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.
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.
Watch: Dr Giorgio Tagliaferro explains more about the module
HA2E0: Architectural Utopias
This module intends to provide students with a basic knowledge of the ways in which architecture (as design, planning, and ideology) became one of the delegated fields in which a social, political, or cultural idea of the future could be articulated and implemented from the age of Industrial Revolution to the present day. The module will show how the ideas of theorists and visionaries ended up influencing the form of the everyday built environment around the world. The course will start by exploring the way that rapid urbanisation and industrialisation led many to seek alternative ways of living, whether by looking towards an idealised often-rural past. The module will cover many of the most influential and radical urban theorists of the last 200 years, and will show how their ideas informed the creation of new communities around the globe. It will end by asking how useful Utopian ideas are for solving the many challenges that face urban populations today.
HA2E5: Art and Disruption 1900 - Today
This module examines how modernity has been interpreted and developed in artistic practices across the world, from the early 20th century to the present. We will explore some of the ways in which art has attempted to disrupt its environment, both formally and ideologically. Adopting a comparative approach to the diversity of artistic cultures, we will study examples of modernism and contemporary art both within and beyond the dominant 'centres' of the art world in Western Europe and North America. We will ask questions such as: how have artists imagined and engaged with cultures beyond their own? How have artists resisted cultural and political imperialism? What does it mean for art to be 'contemporary'? Why did provocation become central to art in the last century?
Watch: Dr Naomi Vogt explains more about the module
HA2F8: Latin American Art and Racial Politics
On this module you will investigate how artists and thinkers have approached the idea of race, and individual racial categories, in their attempts to uphold or subvert dominant political and cultural ideologies. Racial categories and ideas of racial mixing (or mestizaje) have taken various forms across the historical epochs and vast geographical spread of Latin America. Artistic production in Latin American nations has at times highlighted, buried, and/or obfuscated racial narratives in the service of political platforms. The module will cover artists and movements from the late colonial to the contemporary period. Over the course of the term, we will look at early representations of indigenous peoples, casta paintings that codified racial hierarchies after the Spanish conquest, nineteenth-century depictions of slave labor in Brazil and the Caribbean, Modern art by Latin Americans suffering racial stigmatization in Europe, visualizations of La raza cosmica and broader indigenismo movements, and contemporary Latinx art that deals with the neglect and erasure of Latinx culture.
HA2F9: Mannerism: Art and Artistry in Sixteenth-century Europe
Mannerism defines a key historical period in European arts, bridging the Renaissance and Baroque periods, which is characterised by a shift towards an increasingly more artful, idiosyncratic approach to artistic invention and practice. The term itself, however, is controversial, as it was forged by modern critics on the basis of the Italian sixteenth-century expression maniera (‘manner’, ‘style’). The broad aim of this module is to bring to the fore a number of critical issues raised by the many-sided notion of Mannerism, provide an in-depth examination of a large body of artists and artworks (drawings, paintings, sculptures and architecture) associated with it. The module is based on student-centred seminars, and structured in such a way that students will be invited to reflect on how their understanding of the concept of Mannerism changes throughout. It focuses on how theorists and artists developed new ways of conceiving of artistic practice, by placing unprecedented emphasis on the individual’s inventiveness and talent, and taking the ideal of beauty well beyond the rules of classical art that had prevailed in the High Renaissance. The analysis of theoretical principles elaborated by Italian treatise writers such as Vasari and Lomazzo is combined with an extensive survey of artistic practices and stylistic features that spread from Italy across Europe in the sixteenth century.