HIST06012 2012 Visual and Material Culture 3 Modernism and Postmodernism

General Details

Full Title
Visual and Material Culture 3 Modernism and Postmodernism
Transcript Title
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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
Louis McManus, Nevil Walsh, Ronnie Hughes, Ann Geaney, Angela Mehegan
Programme Membership
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_AARTT_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

Visual and Material Culture 3 addresses the broad issues relating to the contextualisation of the Modernist Project and the emergence of Postmodernism. The dramatic social, cultural and aesthetic changes, informed by accelerated technology form the basis of investigation of Modernist ideas and principles. Postmodern ideologies and the theoretical framework that supports the production of art , design and material culture will be vigorously interrogated though an evaluation of Modernist and Postmodern theories and practices.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify the major themes and issues that inform Modernism and Postmodernism.


Research and assess the social and cultural context of art and design production.


Evaluate the theoretical framework that underpins Modernist and Postmodernist art and design practice.


Analyse, texts, documents and  bodies of work that support the study of Modernism and Postmodernism.


Critically communicate ideas and findings through written submissions, peer-led seminars and presentations.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assignments and coursework willl be assessed  using the following criteria:

The assessment strategy focuses on the student's evaluation of Visual and Material Culture in context through:

  • Application of Visual Research Methodologies
  • Written submissions
  • Presentation, peer-led seminars
  • Discipline-based research
  • Interaction with studio practice


Indicative Syllabus

Module Outline-Core Lecture Series:

  • Modernist Theories, Manifestos and Utopian Vsions; Art, Design and the Machine
  • Art, Design, Spirituality and the Self
  • Post War/Cold War themes and issues
  • Production, Consumption and Popular Culture
  • Postmodern Theories and Practices
  • Processes,New Media and Photography
Seminars are disciplined-based and address a broad range of themes and approaches:
  • Research methodologies
  • Textual Analysis
  • Contextual Studies
  • Approaches to Critical Writing



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Document-based Research Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 6 1,2,3,4,5
2 Essay Critical Text Analysis Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

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

 Banham, R. (1967) Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, The Architectural Press.

Barthes, R. (2001) Mythologies, Collins.

Chipp, Herschel B. (1968) Theories of  Modern Art, University of California Press.

Compagnon, A. (1990) The 5 Paradoxes of Modernity, Columbia University Press.

Duncombe, S. (2002)  The Cultural Resistance Reader, Verso.

Evens & Hall, eds. (1999) Visual Culture: the Reader,  Sage: Open University.

Frascina, F., ed.(2000) Pollock and After: The Critical Debate, Harper and Row.

Frascina, F. and Harrison, C., eds. (1982) Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology.

Harrison & Wood, (1996) Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Blackwell.

Hughes, R. (2000) The Shock of the New, Art and the Century of Change, Thames and Hudson.

Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin H. D. Bucholch, (2005) Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson.

Rose, Margaret, A. (1991) The Post-Modern & the Post-Industrial: a Critical Analysis, Cambridge University Press.

Sparke, P. (1995) An Introduction to Design and Culture in the Twentieth Century, Routledge.

 Synnott, S. (1999) ‘The Author after Modernism', in O'Brien, P., ed. Thoughtlines: an Anthology of Research, NCAD.

Wilk, C., ed. (2008) Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939, V & A.

Woodham, J.M. (1997)  Twentieth Century Design, Oxford University Press.

Other Resources


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