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Course Overview

Beginning with art and architecture in mid-Victorian Britain, this course will trace major developments in Western art through to the present day. Nineteenth-century modernism and modernity in France will be explored through Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the art of fin-de-si├Ęcle Paris. Twentieth-century modernist movements will include the primitivism of German Expressionism, the wildness of Fauvism, the analytical eye of Cubism and Futurism, the anarchy and dreams of Dada and Surrealism, and the rise of American painting with Abstract Expressionism. The move to postmodernism will be traced through Pop Art and beyond. For further information please see course guide.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mary Pryor

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will consider the emergence and development of Modernism in Western Art from 1850 to the present day. The following areas will be discussed: Landscape painting in Britain and France; industrial design; Gothic revival: the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; Realism; Impressionism; Symbolism; Post-Impressionism; late 20th and 21st-century art movements.

Further Information & Notes

Students intending to follow the History of Art programme at Honours level should take both Level 1 courses offered.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%); continuous assessment of 1 essay of 1,000 words at (30%) and online assignment at 20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (100%). NB All coursework must have been submitted.

Formative Assessment

Open door policy of all staff involved in course.


Essay marking and return; online quizzes; responses to student work in tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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