Object and Medium

History of Art, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law

Details

Code 18569

Level of study First Year

Credit value 40

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

To give a grounding in the contents and layout of the Barber Institute galleries and other University collections, and of selected other museums and galleries in Birmingham and elsewhere; to provide detailed knowledge of the materials and techniques used for paintings (such as egg tempera, oil and fresco), and of the various types and uses of paintings; to provide knowledge of the materials and techniques used for drawings, and to consider the function of drawings in the creative process; to provide knowledge of the materials and techniques used in sculpture, printmaking and other visual media (including installations), and to consider the various functions of works in such media; to examine objects from a range of epochs and cultures, including post-medieval Europe as well as some others (eg Antique, medieval, African, Asian etc) with regard to their making and intended function and the ways they are presented and displayed in present-day museums; to provide some understanding of architectural design, looking at examples from different periods, and at some of the public buildings in Birmingham.