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HA1A5 - Portraiture

  • Module code: HA1A5
  • Module name: Portraiture
  • Department: History of Art
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module introduces students to the development of portraiture from the early modern period onwards. Seminars will allow an opportunity to examine the techniques which artists have adopted, and the problems they have encountered, in representing their human subjects. The module will introduce the ways in which portraits have reinforced or subverted a range of social, political, gendered and artistic identities.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will also gain an awareness of the aesthetic and theoretical issues surrounding the genre of portraiture, including issues of likeness and mimesis, and masking and role-play. There will be a number of opportunities to view portraits at first hand, including a trip to the National Portrait Gallery.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 1œ-hour seminar per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: HA1A5-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) 1500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate History of Art with Italian (V3R3) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History of Art (V401) - Year 1