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ARTH 117/3.0 Art and Architecture c.1700 to Present Day

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    ARTH (core) / COAR (core) / Con-Ed Teaching Subject (Visual Arts)
Course Instructor: Dr Ruth Cereceda - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Winter term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   When both ARTH 116 and ARTH 117 are taken they exclude ARTH 120

This course is so interesting because it allows students to dip into a number of topics. Art History is a discipline that fits with everything! It's Science, Politics, History, Philosophy and more!


Course Highlights:

Visual thinking is core to this course and you will learn to extract the information you require from the primary sources.

Learn the history behind why we frame and look at the world a certain way.

Exclusive to the Bader International Study Centre

The course is designed for first year students, but is also attractive as an elective to upper year students with backgrounds in the arts and humanities, science and engineering.


Art and Architecture c.1700 to the Present Day

A chronological survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in western culture from c.1700 to the present day. The art works will be studied at British galleries, museums and architectural monuments.This course is based on a mixture of classes interspersed with primary source visits to art galleries in London and Paris. The course traces the development of art and architecture with a focus on particular themes in art including the issues of sketch and finish, the relationship between art and politics, the emergence of the avant-garde, nude and gender debates and abstraction in the art and sculpture of the present day.

The course begins with 18th Century art in England and France, David and Neo-Classical art in Revolutionary France, and the emergence of  Romanticism throughout Europe. The English Pre-Raphaelites are also explored in the context of mid-Victorian morality, and the French Impressionists and Post- Impressionists in relation to the rebuilding of Paris and images of modernity and urban alienation. For the second half of the term abstract art is debated from 20th Century Modernism to the Conceptual Art of the present day.  The architecture studied in class on the course includes the Palace of Versailles, and Post-Modern British architecture.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students are expected to evaluate primary sources seen in the National Gallery London and on their field study in Paris, as well as paintings and sculptures from other major European and American Galleries seen in class and to recognize the difference in style, technique and facture.
  • This increased awareness of form, colour and texture is transferable to other arts disciplines as well, especially film, theatre and media studies that also have a strong visual component.
  • The aim of this course is to provide students with a cultural awareness and a critical basis from which they can build in future years.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Previous Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course have included two of the following: the National Gallery London, the Louvre Paris, the Musee D’Orsay Paris and Tate Modern.

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