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This course is designed to introduce students to the outstanding record of classical art and architecture and to an understanding of the principles, the techniques and the process of cultural diversity and assimilation that characterised by the period from the antique to the medieval period.
At the end of this module students should be able to identify key moments in the development of classical art and demonstrate and ability to identify of how classical influences can be traced to later periods in the early middle ages with history of art. Students should have a familiarity and understanding of range of set texts and critical/theoretical sources relevant to the course and be able to work under exam conditions.
The course begins with an the classical period during the 5th century BC in Athens. Students will be required to become familiar with the orders of Greek architecture, public architecture and town planning, the cultural imagery and mythology of Greek vase painting, and the development of the human form in Greek sculpture with particular focus on monumental sculpture. The rise of Rome is next considered in the context of Etruscan influences. There follows a detailed examination of the art and architecture of Republican and Imperial Rome. This includes a study of how Roman art and spectacle reflected the patronage and power of the lives and personalities of the emperors who reigned from the time of Augustus to the fall of Rome. The late Antique and Byzantine world is examined as power shifted to the East. The rise of Islam is considered in terms of impact in art and architecture. The course concludes with a review of how classical influences can be traced to later periods in the early Middle ages as Europe emerges from the dark ages with different architectural phases of Carolingian and Ottonian art and architecture with the Romanesque church a particular focus in the history of art and how medieval treasures were first collected and displayed in early modern Europe. The course leaves off with a overview of Gothic as as an interface with formation of Renaissance art.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: This is a course participation grade designed to reflect your participation in tutorials, and your engagement with class materials on Brightspace, and if necessary online.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Class Test: Mid Term Slide Test||Week 9||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: End of Term Essay||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Mid term slide test Students have the opportunity to discuss written feedback on their essay. Tutorial classes with 10 % participation/attendance grade
|Ms Carla Briggs||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Philip Cottrell||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Professor Lynda Mulvin||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|