Critical Theory 2


CT2 concentrates on the main themes and debates surrounding modern and contemporary art. The core theme is that it is not possible to understand why contemporary art takes the form it does without an appreciation of the themes and debates of earlier c20th art.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the key themes and debates defining modern and contemporary art

  2. Question, challenge or justify the standard means by which art is judged

  3. Understand the range of methodological approaches to the understanding of art and its institutions

  4. Develop further their critical abilities in describing, interpreting and evaluating visual artefacts

  5. Situate their own knowledge, practice and understanding within the wider cultural and historical framework

  6. Develop further knowledge based research skills so as to enable independent enquiry in making and viewing art

  7. Understand the essay format as a means of cultural enquiry and critical thought

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