Thinking through Art

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thinking through Art

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Art, Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Key works from the history of art are examined in detail to explore their nature and history and to explain the methods art historians have developed for their study. Students will be introduced to the procedures of stylistic, iconographic and contextual analysis and to the nature and range of literature surrounding a particular work of art. They will be given insights into the processes by which an art object is accorded value and granted significance both by art history and through its circulation in culture at large. 60% internal assessment, 40% examination.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. understand the chronology of the history of art within this period;
    2. analyse and interpret the art of this period within the relevant social, political and theoretical contexts;
    3. gather and organise relevant information and evidence from artworks and published material (i.e. secondary sources) and to further their ability to construct an argument using this material;
    4. present material which is coherent and well-written and which demonstrates an understanding and application of the conventions of academic writing (including appropriate citation, referencing and documentation).

    Art Assignments 20%
    Essay 40%
    Final Exam 40%

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