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Introduction to the History of Art: Further Explorations

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Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Dr Angela Morelli
Course code AAA23A5539A
Fee £186
Concessionary fee £148 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

21-23 Senghennydd Road
CF24 4AG

On this course, you will delve deeper into the History of Art and what can be discovered about people, places, and society depicted in artwork.

You will study key artists and developments in the visual arts by examining paintings, sculpture, and frescoes (for example by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens, Goya, William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti).

The course begins by exploring artwork portraying deities and mythology in Ancient Egyptian art. We will then consider the influence of Islamic art in Western art history.

Further attention will be given to Northern Renaissance art, Italian Mannerism, Baroque, Neo-Classicism concluding the module with Victorian art and society.

The course also includes a visit to National Museum of Wales, Cardiff where we will learn more about the collection and where the artworks fit within the history of art.

No previous study is required, though this is a natural follow-on on from CE5512 An Introduction to the History of Art.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten 2-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work, and debates.

Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

Syllabus Content

  1. Module overview and Gods of Egypt
  2. Classical Art: Greece and Rome
  3. Quiz – Medieval art
  4. Italian Renaissance art
  5. Northern Renaissance art
  6. Baroque and the work of Rembrandt
  7. Neoclassical and Hogarth
  8. Victorian art: Pre-Raphaelites
  9. Posters, pamphlets and politics: art of propaganda
  10. Module recap and preparing for the assignment.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Students will either write an essay of around 1,500 words or three 500-word evaluations of artworks.

Reading suggestions

Indicative Reading and Resource List:

Internet Resources

National Gallery. 2023. Artists A to Z. [online]

Tate Britain. 2023. Art and Artists. [online]

Recommended Reading

Victoria Charles and Marlena Metcalf, Renaissance Art (2012)

Anthony Janson, History of Art (2001)

Marcia Pointon, History of Art: a student’s handbook (2014)

Mark Bills, Art in the age of Queen Victoria: a wealth of depictions (2001)

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.