AR122-4-AU-CO:
Writing and Researching Art History

The details
2020/21
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15
18 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA V314 Art History,
BA V315 Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA V31B Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V350 Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35A Art History (Including Year Abroad),
MARTV399 Art History,
MARTVB98 Art History (Including Placement Year),
MARTVB99 Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV31 Art History and History,
BA VV32 Art History and History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV38 Art History and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV3B Art History and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV3C Art History and History (Including Year Abroad),
BA V3RB Art History and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VR39 Art History and Modern Languages,
BA V3R9 Art History with Modern Languages,
BA VR3B Art History with Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA PV33 Film Studies and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VW36 Film Studies and Art History,
BA VW37 Film Studies and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VW38 Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW3B Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QV23 Literature and Art History,
BA QV24 Literature and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV32 Literature and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV53 Philosophy and Art History,
BA VV54 Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV55 Philosophy and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV5H Philosophy and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VVHP Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V351 Curating,
BA V352 Curating (Including Year Abroad),
BA V353 Curating (including Placement Year),
BA V359 Curating (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35B Curating (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA R100 Art History and Language Studies,
BA R101 Art History and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R102 Art History with Language Studies,
BA R103 Art History with Language Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module is intended as a skills-building course for first year art history students, to develop writing skills across a range of assessed and non-assessed writing types (essay, critical review, reading summary, label text, catalogue essay, TV script etc). The module will also present an introduction to research methods in art history, and a historical overview of art historical writing.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to methods, histories and approaches to art historical writing. By the end of the module, students will have a firm grasp of research methods (primary and secondary), an improved understanding of both reading and writing various modes of art-historical texts, and a sense of what is expected of their writing as undergraduate students. The module will serve as an introduction to higher education study, and make clear the landscapes of scholarship and knowledge which may not have been obvious to them at school level.

Module learning outcomes

A. An understanding of primary and secondary research methods in art history.
B. An understanding of expectations for academic essay writing.
C. Improved writing skills across a range of writing modes (including but not limited to catalogue essays, critical reviews, label texts, and reading summaries).

Module information

Overall, the module is intended to clearly explain the relationship between research methods and writing in academia generally, and in art history specifically. We will examine how art historical writing works in relation to existing knowledges, and in the absence of existing knowledges – how, for example, do auctioneers and curators write about artists for whom no existing literature exists? Over the course of a term, I hope to explain to students how their writing at university must differ from that they undertook at school not just in the level of proficiency, but in relation to academic methods of knowledge production.

Topics will include:

1) What is a university? And even more broadly, what is academia?
2) What is 'research''?
3) How does research work in specific contexts for art historical writing: reviews, academic essays, catalogue essays, curatorial statements, didactic labels, connoisseurship, auction catalogues etc., and what is the relationship between these forms?
4) How can we think about bibliographies and footnotes in these contexts?
5) How does primary source research work, practically? Specifically, how does primary source research work for art history?
6) What is the relationship between academic art history and institutions such as museums?
7) In light of these frameworks of practical and historical knowledge, how should students approach writing essays and other outputs?

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a two-hour combined lecture and seminar each week. All teaching events will be accessible to students on and off campus either face-to-face or remotely through online teaching. Week 8 is Reading Week.

Bibliography*

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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   1500 word essay    30% 
Coursework   Research Project Task     25% 
Coursework   Short writing tasks TOTAL     20% 
Coursework   AUTUMN 24hr take home exam    25% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Reassessment

Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Matt Lodder, email: mlodder@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Matthew Lodder
spahinfo@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Art History and Theory

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