ARTH211-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Theory of Criticism

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020

Description

This course examines the history, theory and practice of writing about visual art.

This course provides a historical and theoretical framework within which to understand the nature and purpose of writing about art and art criticism. To this purpose, the course is presented in two parts. The first part follows the history of writing about art from the Italian Renaissance to Modernist critics and beyond. We examine the nature of their work, and clarify what they themselves understood as the kind of activity they were engaged in. The second half focuses on particular issues and problems related to writing about art and art criticism.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understanding of the history of writing about art, from the Renaissance to the present day.
2. Ability to identify and explain key characteristics of art writing in general, and the character of individual writers about art, including in Aotearoa New Zealand.  
3. Awareness and understanding of the nature of critical and historical art writing, and aesthetic issues related to writing about art.
4. Understanding of – and ability to describe – the relationship between the art object and critical writing about it.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at 100 level from ARTH, or
60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Restrictions

ARTT202

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
Link 309 Lecture Theatre (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 - (23/4-28/5)
Link 309 Lecture Theatre (20/2-19/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 24 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
02 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 24 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Richard Bullen

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online Tests 30%
Essay 40%
Final Exam 30%


Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for this course. All readings are available through the course’s LEARN site.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All ARTH211 Occurrences

  • ARTH211-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020