HIST06009 2012 Visual and Material Culture 1 Introduction Survey

General Details

Full Title
Visual and Material Culture 1 Introduction Survey
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
HIST - History / Theory of Art
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Angela Mehegan, Maeliosa O'Brien, Nevil Walsh, Ronnie Hughes, Keith McManus, Ann Geaney, Rhona Trench, Louis McManus
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_DCRDS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG_AARTT_B07 201200 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_JINTE_B07 201300 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1 SG_AARTT_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

An introductory survey to varying aspects of Western Art and Design and visual/material culture from Classical times to the advent of the Modern World. This course is thematic in nature but the broader contexts of art & design production, consumption and reception are major considerations in the evaluation and analysis of images/artefacts/structures and works of art.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Recognise the importance of cultural, social and economic conditions that relate to visual and material culture practices.


Understand how art/design/media culture changes with context.


Explore the use and application of relevant historical, critical and and theoretical terms and vocabularies.


Apply basic research processes and strategies and identify suitable research sources for art, design, media and architecture.


Consider historical periods, styles and cultural, scientific and technological timelines in relation to their own project/studio work.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy focuses on the student's introduction to the subject History/Theory of Art, Design and Material/Visual Culture through:

  • Research and visual methodologies
  • Information literacy skills
  • Written composition
  • Oral presentation

Indicative Syllabus

The Core Lecture series comprise a thematic survey of the following;

  • Timeline of Greek & Roman Antiquity
  • Expressionism: Early Christianity, and the Spiritual Dimension
  • Idea of the Secular: Humanism, Capitalism and Subjectivity
  • Science, Technology and the World of Ideas
  • Philosophy & the Humanities
  • Theatre, Performance & the Visual Arts
  • The Built Environment

The Seminar areas address the context and the discipline specific nature of the above through an Introduction to:

  • History of Art/Design History
  • Contextual Studies
  • Approaches to Visual Research: Processes, Methodologies & Strategies
  • Visual Research Sources

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment VMC Timeline Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 6 2,4,5
2 Essay Thematic Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 12 1,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Core Lectures 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Contextual Studies 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Adamson G. (2013) The Invention of Craft Berg

Bell J.(2010) A New History of Art: Mirror of the World Thames & Hudson

Berger A & A (2009) What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture, Left Coast Press

Berger, J. (1977) Ways of Seeing Penguin,

Broadbent, G (1996) Emerging Concepts in Urban Space Design, E& FN

Busch A. (2004) The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, Metropolis Books

Ching FM (2006) Global History of Archictecture, Wiley

Curtis W. (1996) Modern Architecture Since 1900, 3rd Editition Phaidon

Daston L. ed (2004) Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art & Science MIT Press/Zone Books

Edwards J. (1999) Art and its Histories Yale Uni. Press,

Evans, J. and S Hall, eds.(2001) Visual Culture: The Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Fineberg J. (1995) Art Since 1945: Strategies of Being, Laurence King

Evans C. & S. Garner ed. (2012) Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction Berg

Hann M (2013) Symbol, Pattern and Symmetry: The Cultural Significance of Structure Bloomsbury Academic

Kingery D. ed. (1996) Learning from Things: Method & Theory of Material Culture Studies Smithsonian Inst. Press

Lang J (2005) Urban Design: A Typology of procedures & Products, Architecutal Press

Larice M E Macdonald. eds. (2006) The Urban Design Reader Routledge

Manghani S ed.(2013) Images: Critical and Primary Sources, Bloomsbury Academic

Mirzoeff N. (1999) An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Routledge

NIAH (2007) An Introduction to the Architectual Heritage of Counties of Ireland, Dept. of Environment, Heritage & Local Government

Rose, G (2011) Visual Methodologies, 3rd edition Sage

Turner J. ed. (1996) The Dictionary of Art Vols. 1-34 Grove

Sparke P. (2004) An Introduction to Design and Culture: 1900 to the Present 2nd edition Routledge

Staniszewski M-A, (1995) Believing is Seeing, Penguin

Taylor M. ed. (2013)Interior Design and Architecture:Critical and Primary Sources Bloomsbury Academic

Watson P. (2006) Ideas: From Fire to Freud, Pheonix

Winship S (2010) Visual Culture in the Built Environment: A Global Perspective Fairchild Books

Other Resources

Art in America / Architecture and Design / Domus / Contemporary / Blueprint / Art News /

Additional Information