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high renaissance to the present

HART 1305 Foundation Course: History of European Art, High Renaissance to the Present. Department of the History of Art, University College London.

Designed for first-year history of art majors, this year-long course sought to establish a basic foundation of the history and theory of Western art from the classical period to the present. Classes consisted of discussions about weekly readings and lectures provided by art historians both within and outside of the Department.  

Dr. Charles Ford was the instructor and my supervisor. As TA, I was responsible for responding to student inquiries, taking attendance, leading group discussions, monitoring the course's online component, and creating and grading exams.

Included below is a brief course overview. 


HART 1305 Foundation Course: History of European Art, High Renaissance to the Present

Course tutor: Dr. Charles Ford

Timetabled: Wednesdays, 09.00-11.00.

This course (composed of HART1306 and HART1305) is an obligatory introductory Foundation course for all History of Art students. Students from outside the History of Art department may take either of the two 0.5 units separately, by agreement. In ten lectures each term, students are introduced to key monuments and dominant narratives of art history and are encouraged to consider them critically. These courses address questions of canon formation, historicism, and the religious, political and social functions of works of art and architecture through a consideration of major episodes in Western art form the classical period to the present day.

Student contact hours: Lectures and question time: 20 hours for each course.

Duration of course: 10+weeks, the first course begins in first week of Autumn term, the second in the first week of the Spring term.

Student workload: Attendance at all lectures, reading in support of lectures, written examination.

Means of assessment: 100% by unseen examination (2 hours).

Image credit: Joan Blaeu. Old Worlde Map. 1664. Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid.