European Art History

Through lectures, visits, discussion groups and studio-based workshops, this module offers you the opportunity to engage with the art, history and culture of London and Berlin.

Students joining an integrated Study Abroad Programme at UAL have the opportunity to add the European Art History module to their programme, either at the start of the Autumn term or the end of the Spring term. This module is included for students on the London Design Programme.

This was the best art history course I have taken within my 3 years at university. We went to a museum almost daily and saw what we had talked about in class that morning. Whenever I tell people about my Study Abroad experience, the first thing I talk about is this amazing course.

Matthew Quinlan, University of Hartford, Autumn 2015

Course details and credit

The European Art History module is based at Chelsea College of Arts and offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance.

Through focusing on specific themes and artefacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it aims to equip students with a basis of knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. The course interweaves lectures with seminar discussions and gallery visits to create a fluid and engaging learning experience.

European Art History is an intense module with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days, although there will be some time for self directed study. It offers an excellent opportunity to study alongside students from a wide varierty of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

Credit

The European Art History module is worth 3 credits. The module is accompanied by a course handbook which you and your home institution should use to determine credit transfer:

European Art History handbook (PDF 659 KB)

The European Art History module will be included on the record of study that you will receive at the end of your time abroad. 

Tutors

Dr Andrew Chesher lectures in Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts. He is currently first year theory co-ordinator on the Undergraduate Fine Art course. 

Read more about Dr Andrew Chesher

Dr Rosa Nogués is an Associate Lecturer in Art Theory at the Chelsea College of Arts. She obtained her PhD in 2013 at the Centre of Research in Modern European Philosophy (Kingston University). She has lectured at Central Saint Martins (London), Middlesex University (London) and the Universität für angewandte Kunst (Vienna). Her writing has been published in n-paradoxa, Revista Mundo Crítico and the current issue of MIRAJ. 

 

Berlin trip

A four day, tutor-led study trip to Berlin takes place in week 2 of the module. 

Why Berlin?

Berlin combines a wealth of historic museum collections with a rapidly expanding, yet still young and exciting art scene. The city has been the creative centre of Germany for at least 100 years, a status only intensified by its' geographic isolation during the Cold War.

Significant chapters in the history of Dada and the Bauhaus were played out here. German Expressionist cinema developed in the early decades of the 20th Century.

The recent renovation of the Reichstag (parliament) building and the opening of Daniel Libeskind's extraordinary New Jewish Museum demonstrate how the city is uniquely alive to its' history, the darker periods included, and a home to innovative design.

Berlin is the crossroads of modern European history from Napoleon to Hitler to the Cold War; this history is legible in its' architecture.