Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedPrato Trimester 2 2013 (Day)
Prato Trimester 3 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Bernard Hoffert,


The unit will trace the development of the visual culture of Italy from Roman times to the Eighteenth century. Particular emphasis will be placed on four especially significant periods: Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque. The unit will concentrate on Italian artistic development and on the enduring and dominant role of Italian art and culture in the West. The emphasis will be on individuals and cities that have made a profound impact on and helped to shape the cultural identity of Italy. A major thematic focus will be the exploration of the communication of ideas, values and beliefs via the tangible visual evidence of art, architecture and urban fabric.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain pivotal examples of Italian art and architecture from the Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods
  2. identify and describe major locations associated with particular art, architectural and cultural developments
  3. critically comment on historic works in several major collections of art
  4. participate in critical evaluation of the styles, concepts, cultural contents and values of selected examples of art and architecture
  5. refer to documentation in a research journal which catalogues their critical and analytical responses to what they have seen
  6. recognise and understand how art, architecture, space and cities work as documents of events
  7. perceive and experience the deeper level of art and architecture rather than to study it second hand and thereby enrich their own capabilities in art or design.


Written project(s) (4000 words in total): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

104 hours of lectures, tutorials and site visits on location in Italy and 52 hours of independent study


12 credit points of theory or permission from Unit Coordinator