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Course Overview

This introductory course will trace major developments in the history of art in the western world from Classical art and architecture in ancient Greece to the beginnings of photography in the nineteenth century. Aspects of European art to be explored, through painting, prints, sculpture and architecture, will begin with Stone-Age cave painting and then range from Greek Classicism to Medieval Gothic cathedrals, the rebirth of Classicism in the Renaissance to the grandeur of the Baroque, the ornament of the Rococo, and the revolutionary order of Neo-Classicism. Download Course Guide

View our course video: (Video) HA1004 - Introduction to Art History

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Helen Pierce

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Either Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied) or Master of Letters in Art and Business

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 is organised around a pre-selected sequence of times and countries (eg. Italy 1400) in which key developments in art history took place. These are presented each week in chronological fashion and extend from art and architecture in ancient Greece to  the mid-nineteenth century. Tutorials are closely related to the lectures, providing students with the opportunity to explore specific works in detail.

(Video) HA1004 - Introduction to Art History

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

  • Four online visual-based assessments (10% each)
  • One 1000-word essay (60%)


  • One 1000-word essay
  • All coursework must have been submitted

Formative Assessment

One practice online assessment.

Formative feedback will be provided online for the first online assessment and through verbal engagement with the team of tutors and with peers.
Summative feedback will be provided online for the summative online assessments and in oral and written forms for the course essay.


Essay marking and return; responses in class; online assessments; responses in class discussions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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