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Art, Ethics and Social Change Online Short Course

Course description

Art can move us and challenge our views. At a time where cultural sensitivity and environmental responsibility are central to our lives, the contribution of socially motivated artists is pivotal. This course will give you a critical overview of the role of art, artists and art institutions in challenging and shaping the beliefs of our society as well as ethical considerations in art.

You will learn about ethical issues in art, such as cultural appropriation, gender and the gaze, ethnicity and environmental and ecological concerns. You will contextualise these issues by learning about the history of art and social change and the ethical responsibility of artists.

You will explore these themes through personal research assignments on different types of ethics in art, including power relations and environmental concerns. Each week you will present your research and gain feedback from your tutor and peers. Through these tasks you will develop an understanding of critical research and how to conduct it.

By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of how current social issues can be addressed through art and have a deeper knowledge of how to be culturally sensitive within your work or social environment. You can able to apply this knowledge and implement an ethical framework in your own art or within an art organisations.

Course Outcomes:

  • The history of art and social change and the responsibility of art and artists
  • Power relationships in art relating to gender, race and other identities
  • How to discuss current debates around cultural appropriation
  • The impact of art exploring social, environmental and ecological issues
  • Critical research and how to conduct it

Who is Art, Ethics and Social Change Online Short Course for?

This course is perfect for anyone interested in or engaging with social, cultural and environmental issues in art whether in the role of artist, curator, collector or enthusiast. Individuals within arts organisations wishing to implement an ethical framework would also benefit.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your C

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered

  • History of art and social change
  • Current themes and debates around the responsibilities of artists and art institutions
  • Socially motivated art
  • Power relations in art
  • Gender and the gaze
  • Ethnicity and the post colonial
  • Art, environmental and ecological concerns
  • Othering and otherness
  • Cultural appropriation
  • The canon and cultural value

Course Outcomes:

  • The history of art and social change and the responsibility of art and artists
  • Power relationships in art relating to gender, race and other identities
  • How to discuss current debates around cultural appropriation
  • The impact of art exploring social, environmental and ecological issues
  • Critical research and how to conduct it

Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions

Meet the Tutor:

This course will give you a critical overview of the role of art, artists and art institutions in challenging and shaping the beliefs of our society as well as ethical considerations in art. You will learn about ethical issues in art, such as cultural appropriation, gender and the gaze, ethnicity and environmental and ecological concerns. You will contextualise these issues by learning about the history of art and social change and the ethical responsibility of artists.

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