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Understanding Art 1: Western Art Course - Distance

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  • Objectives
    The course aims to develop a basic understanding of the history of western art in chronological order from classical to modern times; develop skills in analysing works of art; help acquire a structured approach to observation, research and recording information about works of art.
  • Academic Title
    Understanding Art 1: Western Art
  • Course description
    Course Overview

    This course introduces you to the development of western art from Ancient Greece to the present day. You are encouraged to respond to art not only by writing about it but also by means of sketches, diagrams or photographs. This helps you to absorb works of art more fully, to analyse them and to place them in context. You will develop confidence and ability in analysing works of art, understand broadly the cultural and historical context of art, and learn about accepted theories and practices in art. You will also develop a systematic structure for analysing, researching and recording information which you can then apply to any art form in any location. A World History of Art by Honour and Fleming and a nine-hour video sequence, Art of the Western World, are included with the course materials. The course is for fine art students wanting to include art history in their degree study programme or anyone who wants to develop greater appreciation of art. Some skill in drawing is helpful but not essential.


        - The Classical tradition
        - Gothic and Renaissance
        - Baroque
        - Romanticism to Impressionism
        - The twentieth century
        - Still-life, portraits, the figure, interiors and landscapes.


    Postal tuition

    You are allocated a tutor and receive their details in your course pack. You work from the course materials and send regular assignments to your tutor. These are returned to you with comment and advice. The course fee includes tutor feedback on your set assignments, but you can purchase feedback and comment on additional pieces of work if you wish.

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