Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of issues concerning modernism and its influence on international visual culture
  2. review, assess and critique a range of theories and issues
  3. develop written communication skills to enable the analysis of visual culture in relation to relevant theory.
    • The Birth of the Avant Garde
    • The Machine Age
    • The Arts And Crafts Movement
    • Urban Utopia
    • Surrealism/Dada
    • The Russian Avant Garde
    • Primitivism
    • Women And Modernism
    • The Death Of The Avant Garde?
    • Critics
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


You must have a high level of proficiency in the English language and competent essay writing skills.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Explore the theoretical perspectives that underpin developments in modernism in art and design in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Gain an understanding of the shifts in the production of visual culture that led to the emergence of Modernism. Examine the notion of the Avant-garde, technological change, the ideals of utopia, the Modernist myths of Primitivism, Surrealism, Futurism and feminist re-appraisals of Modernism.

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  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Test (15%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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