13 Art History Modern

13AHM
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Murphy

Modern Art History is a really interesting and engaging way to investigate the impact and effect of historical and cultural change through art. Students will look at, read about and discuss art works, ideas and history in class, engaging with the technological, economic, political and social contexts that have shaped contemporary culture.

The Modern Art History Course covers changing ideas and history in the 20th Century. We will investigate how contemporary art, design and architecture develop from modernist through to late 20th Century postmodernist styles. Alongside art works, students will learn about contemporary society in Europe, America and Aotearoa in the late 20th Century. We look at how new ideas in psychology and  philosophy combined with political and economic forces, influenced artists to express new and sometimes radical ideas through their art.

Writing is a key method of assessment in the course. Students will develop their vocabulary, paragraph and essay writing skills through class tasks and discussions, course readers and written assessments. Art History is a really satisfying way to develop writing skills, as we are constantly looking and discussing images, art works and ideas, then writing about them.

Art History will support any future career, by developing the analysis and critical thinking skills, writing, literacy and discussion skills in students.

There are two internal assessments and three external examination papers.


Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction to Art History vocabulary and a brief overview of ancient to contemporary art.
The early 20th Century, World War One and Two.
Early Modernist, Dada and Surrealist Art.
Beginnings of the Cold War.
New York: The Abstract Expressionists and The 'New York School'.

Internal: 3.4 Examine the impact of media and processes on art works.

Term 2
Neo -Dada and Pop Art in New York: Including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein
Feminist Art and Postmodern Art in the USA including Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman
A Changing Society in the USA: The Cold War and Vietnam War. Civil Rights Movement and the Feminist Movement.
The effect of Popular Culture, Advertising, Television and the Mass Media on Art.

Internal: 3.7 Examine the relationships between theory and art works. Identity, Feminism and Art

Term 3
Modernist to postmodernist artists in Aotearoa including: Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Jacqueline Fahey, Dick Frizzell
A Changing Society in Aotearoa: Post WWII, The Cold War and Nuclear Free Movement, The Maori Renaissance, Feminism.

External NCEA revision and preparation

Term 4
External NCEA revision and preparation

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$30 for course booklets


Recommended Prior Learning

Either Art History, English, History or Classics at Year 12.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91482 v2 Art History 3.1 - Demonstrate understanding of style in art works
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91483 v2 Art History 3.2 - Examine how meanings are communicated through art works
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91484 v2 Art History 3.3 - Examine the relationship(s) between art and context
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91485 v2 Art History 3.4 - Examine the impact of media and processes on art works
3
I
4
Y
4r *
A.S. 91488 v2 Art History 3.7 - Examine the relationship(s) between a theory and art works
3
I
4
Y
4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Pathway Tags

Media, Advertising, Film, Architecture, Curating, Museum Studies, Journalism, Writing, Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Historian


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