Contemporary Artistic Movements

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Artistic Movements

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Media Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The students will learn how to:
    - Analyze an artistic image in its constituent elements and in the frame of the art movement(s) it belongs to.
    - Study a given work of art in relationship to its historical context, and understand the evolution of art and the art world in the 20th century in its major features.
    - Understand the cultural and symbolic values of an art piece.
    - Evaluate and comprehend primary sources and art history texts, in order to be able to understand the nature of artistic activities and their social, political and economic implications.
    The course analyzes Modern Art from its origins in the mid-19th Century to our days. Instead of the usual
    chronological order it concentrates on seven moments and major trends within Modern Art:
    1. Manet and the origins of Modern Art
    2. The analytical view: Picasso and the end of traditional perspective
    3. The spiritual view: Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian and Abstract Art
    4. The subjective view: Expressionism and Surrealism
    5. The intelectual view: Duchamp, from Dada to Conceptual Art
    6. The ironic view: Warhol and Pop Art
    7. The critical view: Postmodernist Art
    The seven in-class sessions will be lectures where the student is expected to participate actively in the analysis of works of art and related texts.
    In-class sessions account for approx. 15 hours (0.6 ECTS). Student homework accounts for approx. 45 hours (1.8
    ECTS), i.e. approx. 6 weekly hours during the teaching period (weeks 1 to 7).
    Tutorials and writing the assignments and the final exam account for approx. 15 hours (0.6 ECTS) during weeks 8 to 11.
    A final exam accounts for 50% of the final grade, while the other half results from an individual essay written during the term with the help and guidance of the professor.
    40-% end-of-term-examination
    60% of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?)
    - JANSON, Anthony F. (et al.) Janson's History of Art, Prentice Hall, 2012
    - GOMBRICH, Ernst The Story of Art, Phaidon Press, 1995
    - DANTO, Arthur C. After the End of Art. Contemporary Art and the Pale of History, Princeton University Press,
    - FREELAND, Cynthia But is it Art? An Introduction to Art Theory, Oxford University Press, 2001
    - DICKIE, George The Art Circle. A Theory of Art, Chicago Spectrum, 1997
    - FOSTER, Hal [et al.] Art since 1900. Modernism Antimodernism Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson, 2004
    - BELTING, Hans Art History after Modernism, University of Chicago Press, 2003

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.