Level of Study
Spring/Autumn, but not regularly
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course is a specialization unit in art history. It focuses on the arts and visual culture of antiquity and the use and reuse of antique art in modern and contemporary European culture, especially in the late 19th - 21st centuries. The impact of prehistoric, classical and Byzantine forms on modern art and visual culture from various contexts is central to the theme. The lectures are structured thematically around selected artists and artworks. Examples are drawn from the realms of sculpture, painting, fashion and advertising and commercial art. The course may explore themes such as the interaction between art and archaeology, original versus copy, mimesis, appropriation, paraphrase, polychromy, and the aesthetics of the fragment. The main theme is open to variation.
After completing the course the student will:
- have acquired specialized knowledge of the interaction of antique and modern art.
- have a thorough knowledge of the recycling of archaeological material in modern and contemporary art, visual culture, fashion and advertising.
After completing the course the student will
- be able to critically reflect on aesthetic and visual questions.
- be able to decipher cultural codes and processes of reception.
- be able to use relevant art-historical methods to interpret art works.
- through the Bachelor thesis the student will have gained practise in working independently with art-historical material.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching will be in the form of lectures, normally 12 (each 90 minutes). Individual supervision will also be given in connection with the writing of the Bachelor thesis. If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department may reduce the teaching; cf. the department¿s guidelines on ¿Mitt UiB¿. In that case, the students will be informed about it at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline for semester registration 1. February/1. September.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Students must participate in a minimum 75% of lectures and seminars
The Bachelor thesis must be handed in for advising twice during the semester. It is mandatory to submit the essay for two tutorials. A list of names and individual times for supervision will be published on Mitt UiB.
Forms of Assessment
Evaluation is based on the supervised Bachelor thesis of 4500-5000 words. The subject of the thesis should relate to the theme of the course offered in the current semester.
Grading scale A to F
Spring or Autumn, but not regularly. There is also assessment early in the following semester for students with approved compulsory assignments given the course was held in the previous semester.
The syllabus is ca 1000 pages. The source literature for the Bachelor's thesis is chosen by the student, in consultation with the supervisor, on the basis of the individual topic.
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.
Type of assessment: Bachelor's thesis
- Examination system
- Digital exam