Art and Theory

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Art and Theory

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    FIN1006F, FIN1009S, FIN2029F, and FIN2030S.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    This course considers the theor etical issues raised by visual artefacts, in particular the way in which the history of art, the historical study of images, has evolved as a subject since the beginning of the 20th century, and how this field relates to the practical one of art-museum management and curatorship. Some of the issues addressed include: the status of the art expert, authentication, forgery and artistic value, art and social context, private and public art collecting, and the social and artistic function of the art museum.

    DP requirements: At least 80% attendance at tutorials and satisfactory completion of written assignments. Late essays penalised by 5% per day (including weekends).

    Assessment: Semester coursework 50%; 2-hour examination 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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