AH10160 Art History in the Making

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module's aims are twofold:

1. To give students grounding in the fundamental techniques and principles used in the production of works of art, from antiquity to the modern day.
2. To explore the theories and ideas that form the foundation of art history as a discipline, including writing on art, principles of stylistic and historical analysis, and ways of seeing.

The course will include lectures on different media and techniques involved in painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance and time-based works of art. It will also examine how the analysis of a work of art is structured and written; and reflect on changing theories of art history, viewership and the object.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• understand and apply the basic terminology relevant to painting, prints, photography, architecture, sculpture and time-based media
• correctly identify media in examples of paintings, both historical and contemporary
• demonstrate knowledge of sculptural techniques and materials
• read an architectural drawing
• identify different printmaking media
• identify and discuss the use of photography, performance and time-based media within art practice
• compare and contrast different modes of art-writing and art historical practice

Indicative Module Content:

What is art history?
Elements of the image
Introduction to painting: techniques & media
Genre and the hierarchies of painting
Writing about art: from ekphrasis to formal analysis
Introduction to printmaking: techniques
Time-based media 1: film and video
Time-based media 2: installation and performance
Introduction to sculpture: techniques
Sculpture: elements and qualities
Analysing art: iconography
Analysing art: biographical art history
Analysing art: the social context of art
The history of art history

(Please note that content is subject to change.)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; critical writing; essays; slide tests. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10070 - Dublin: Its Museums

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Exam (In-person): End of trimester exam. n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment(Including Essay): Visual Analysis essay of 1,500 words. n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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