HIST06013 2012 Visual and Material Culture 2 Frameworks of Modernity

General Details

Full Title
Visual and Material Culture 2 Frameworks of Modernity
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
Angela Mehegan, Louis McManus, Ronnie Hughes, Ann Geaney
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 2 continues the investigation into the interface between art and design - from the impact of industrialisation in the Western world to the advent of Modernism,  in the early 20th century.

The course is thematic in nature and will examine the impacts of newly emerging Technologies; Production and Consumption; the Built Environment and the Avant Gard

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.


Apply critical skills for the analysis of art and design - objects, artefacts, works of art, texts.


Be familiar with the contexts in which the use and application of historical and theoretical terms feature.


Understand the value of research skills and be able to apply these to a structured document.


The ability to communicate research, using appropriate skills, both visual and written.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is based on both group presentation and a written assignment that enables the students to acquire and familiarise themselves with research and visual methodologies and demonstrate proficiency in the use of information literacy skills through written composition and presentation conventions.

Summative assessment of alll completed project deliverables will occur at the end of the module.

The assessment strategy will concentrate on the students continuing development within History/Theory of Art and Design, Visual and Material Culture through:

  • Research methodologies
  • Visual and written analysis
  • Presentation skills - oral and visual
  • Literacy skills and written communication.

Indicative Syllabus

Module outline:

This Module examines the impact of industrialisation and subsequent technologies through a broad social, cultural and economic context, with particular emphasis on the Built Environment, Production and Consumption and the Avant Garde.

Core Lectures:

Industralisation:  new materials; and standardisation.

Utopian Visions:  the development of the city;Constructivism.

Emerging technologies: the advent of the designer.

Exhibiting the Other: Primitivism and the beginnings of Cubism.

Shops and shopping:  Advertising and the creation of desire.

Expressionism: artistic movements and the birth of cinema.

 Seminars willdevelop the contexts and applications of these areas through:

  • Critical and conterxtual studies
  • Research: sources, strategies and methodologies
  • Communications skills: verbal, visual and written.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 9 1,2,3,4
2 Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Core Themes 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

Attfield, J & Kirkham, P  (1995) A View from the Interior, Feminism Women and Design, London, Women's Press.

Barthes, Roland (1972) Mythologies, London, Jonathan Cape.

Berger, John  (1972) Ways of Seeing, London, Penguin.

Burger, Peter (1984) Theory of the Avant Garde, Minneapolis, University of Minneapolis Press. 

Curtis, William JR (1982) Modern Architecture Since 1900,London, Phaidon.

Douglas, M & Isherwood, B (1975) The World of Goods: Anthropology of  Consumption, London, Routledge. 

Forty, Adrian (1996) Objects of Desire: Design & Society, London, Thames and Hudson.

Forty, Adrian (2000) Words and Buildings, A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture, London, Thames and Hudson.

Foster, Hal (1996) The Return of the Real: The Avant Garde at the End of the Century, London, MIT Press.

Julier, G  (2000) The Culture of Design, London, Sage.

Miller, D  (1987) Material Culture and Mass Consumption, Oxford, Blackwell.

Nochlin, Linda (1991) The Politics of Vision, London, Thames and Hudson.

Nuttgens, P (1983) The Story of Architecture, London, Phaidon.

Sparke, P (2009) The Genius of Design, London, BBC.

Timms, Edward & Collier, Peter (eds) (1988) Visions and Blueprints: Avant Garde Culture adn Radical Politics in Early Twentieth Century Europe, Manchester University Press.

Walker, J (1989) Design Histsory: History of Design, London, Pluto Press.



Other Resources

 Art in America; Architecture and Design; Domus; Contemporary; Blueprint; Art News; Art Forum; Circa; ID Magazine; Flash Art



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