Art Narratives: Traditions and Tensions

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Art Narratives: Traditions and Tensions

  • 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 and FIN1009S.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course considers Western theories of art and aesthetics operating in contemporary art, with a significant focus on Africa. We explore the tensions and continuities between different perspectives on art practice and theor
    y, including new art historical narratives, the discourses of feminism, social theory and postcoloniality in a global context. Students will build skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and writing about art and visual imagery as well as approaches to visual and textual research.

    DP requirements: At least 80% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester. Late essays penalis ed by 5% per day (including weekends).

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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