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FS5010
20th Century Avant-Garde
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Prof Michael Syrotinski

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of Head of School

Students will be introduced to a wide variety of works from the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century, as well as to a range of theoretical approaches to this tradition. Like the avant-garde itself, the course will be decidedly multi-medial (we will study literature, film, art...) and international. The course will be structured around two axes: one concerned with 'avant-garde formalism(s)', another concerned with 'avant-garde ideologies'; consequently, the main focus will be the relation between formalism and ideology.

1 two-hour seminar per week

One written assignment (essay, 4,000-5000 words) (80%); critical bibliography (20%)

FS5012
Documentary and Visual Practice 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Alan Marcus

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School.

This course will allow students to engage in documentary and visual art production, putting into practice methodologies they have studies through a series of screenings, workshops, seminar discussions, and practical work. Students will research a topic, film it on digital video, complete the project through post-production and analyse the process applied.

1 two-hour seminar per week, 1 two-hour screening per week.

Two practical pieces (50%); reflective logbook (20%); 3000 word essay (30%).

FS5013
Current Debates and Controversies in Visual Culture and the Digital Humanities
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Janet Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School.

Note(s): Compulsory course for MLitt Visual Culture programme.

This course explores current debates and controversies in Visual Culture through the study of key articles in leading journals. The course will examine contemporary writing in a range of fields, such as Art Theory, Anthropology, Fine Art, Design, Architecture, Museum Studies, Film Studies, the New Media and Music. It will also include instruction in the key professional skills of presenting work in written form to a specialist academic audience, in accessing library and other relevant resources, and practical training in gathering information and presenting research in visual culture, focusing on the possibilities offered by new technology. As part of the course, students will produce a design brief for an online exhibition.

1 two-hour seminar, 1 one-hour tutorial per fortnight, 5 two-hour workshops per semester.

One project (20%) and related 3000 word report (20%), and one 5000 word essay (60%).

FS5014
Contemporary Film and Visual Art Theory
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Janet Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School.

This will introduce students to the study of key theoretical texts in contemporary visual art, drawing on the work of prominent figures in the field such as Alpers, Amerika, Bann, Barthes, Baxendal, Bois, Burgen, Bryson, Casetti, Kenneth Clark, TJ Clark, Crary, Danto, Deleuze, Foster, Fried, Grau, Greenberg, Krauss, Lyotard, Metz, Phelan, Pollack, Nochlin, Ranciere, Sekula, Vidler and Weibel. The course will relate these theoretical positions to works of contemporary visual art, and physical and virtual exhibitions, drawing on fieldwork undertaken in galleries and museums.

1 one-hour seminar per week, 3 two-hour workshops per semester.

One 5000 word essay (70%); one 20-minute oral presentation (10%); one 2000 word written paper (20%).

FS5510
From Contested Pasts to the Global Digital: Photography in Spain and Latin America
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Nerea Arruti

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School

The first section of the course will map out the development of photography in the Hispanic world from the 20th century to contemporary times. The main themes explored by the course will be: the tensions between tradition and modernisation as explored by contemporary Spanish photography, the relationship between the Old and New World in photography (particularly in landscapes and portraits), the relationship between memory and photography, photography and the archive, the impact of social changes on photography and the relationship between local and global. In the second section of the course ZoneZero, the digital platform created by the photographer Pedro Meyer, will be studied from the perspective of the global digital and how new forms of production and exchange have revolutionised the photographic medium. In the final section of the course there will be a practical element as an optional component that can be included in the extended essay as case study.

One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar per week

One extended essay (6,000 words)

FS5511
Art Matters: The Power of the Aesthetic
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School

This course explores the central role of the aesthetic in modern thought through a series of case studies and close contextual readings of key works by leading modern theorists, available for study either in the original or in English translation, as befits the academic background of individual students. It will also provide direction and advice in investigating the area of the student's research, and training in key research skills, such as the production of literature reviews and research proposals.

One 2-hour seminar per week, five 2-hour workshops per half-session, 6 one-to-one hours per half-session.

One 5,000-word essay (70%), one 1,500 word annotated bibliography (10%), one 500 word research proposal (10%), one 20 minute oral presentation (10%).

FS5512
Documentary and Visual Practice 2
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Alan Marcus

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School.

Co-requisite(s): FS5012 Documentary and Visual Practice 1

Building on the knowledge and skills acquired through 'Documentary and Visual Practice 1' while requiring a greater degree of practical and conceptual sophistication, this course will allow students to engage in documentary and visual art production, putting into practice a methodology they have studied through a series of screenings, seminar discussions and practical work. Students will research a topic, film it on digital video, complete the project through post-production and analyse the process applied.

1 two-hour seminar per week, 1 two-hour screening per week.

One practical piece (50%); a reflective logbook (20%); a 3000 word essay (30%).

FS5513
Beyond Visualising the City
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Ward

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School.

Drawing on a wide range of perspectives drawn from fields such as urban history and theory, sociology, and architectural history, this course will consider both how the visual arts shape the way we understand and interact with the urban environment and the limitations of the visual as a mode for communicating urban experience.

1 two-hour seminar per week, 3 two-hour workshops per semester.

One 5000 word essay (70%); one 20-minute presentation (10%); one 2000 word paper (20%).

FS5514
Realism on Film: Documentary and the Docu-drama
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Alan Marcus

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students or by permission of the Head of School

This course explores the central role of documenting filmic practices in visual culture and the use of documentary aesthetics in dramatic film through a series of case studies and close contextual readings of key works by leading practitioners and theorists.

1 two-hour seminar per week, 3 two-hour workshops per half-session.

One 5000 word essay (70%); one 20-minute oral presentation (10%); one 2000 word written paper (20%).

FS5901
Visual Culture: Dissertation
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of the 120 credits constituting the diploma.

Each candidate will be required to research and write a 12,000-word dissertation on a subject and in an area approved by the Programme Co-ordinator.

There will be no teaching, but a supervisory meeting will be held at fortnightly intervals (allowing for holidays etc.) at a mutually convenient time.

Dissertation