History of Art 2.2: Textiles Art & Design


The History of Art 2.2: Textiles Art & Design module for Textiles Design Students will draw on a range of themes and examples from Western European and International Textile art and Design with a view to giving learners a foundation in Textiles History and informing them of the breadth of research possibilities within the discipline. The module also aims to deepen the learners’ understanding of the changing status of Textiles within Modern art, and its theoretical positioning within contemporary art and design practice This module will provide a consolidation of learning within the discipline of Art History and aims to develop learners’ independent, critical analysis of works of art. Learners will advance their skills in evaluation, discussion and writing about artefacts; to empower further study in the discipline and ultimately to assist their own development as artists and designers.

Auxiliary workshops will encourage learners to discuss their understanding of the lecture content and how the movements, ideas and art works inform our understanding of Post-modern developments and contemporary Textiles practices. The workshops will stimulate active learning through discussion and participation in exercises and dialogue. Workshops take place in a seminar room with blackout, PC and digital projection of AV and online resources.

The importance and vitality of experiential learning by viewing actual artefacts will be embedded in the module with guided field trips to the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street and Collins barracks and or the Chester Beatty library to explore the rich vein of textile material culture available in these collections. This compulsory element of the module fosters student access to national collections and the continued potential that these repositories of visual culture offer to learners.

A range of links to GMIT library resources, audio visual materials, activities and discussion forums will be available to module participants on the GMIT virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Write and present clearly articulated, factually supported critical reflections on a topic from the lecture series employing academic methods of research and citation.

  2. Comprehend and employ a wide ranging vocabulary within the discipline of the history of art and design to articulate verbal and written analysis of works of art

  3. Determine a range of criteria useful in the evaluation of art and design differentiating between description, interpretation and evaluation and utilize these techniques in their analysis of artworks.

  4. Distinguish between historic movements and styles and identify their key characteristics and consider the ideological contexts of these periods.

  5. Be familiar with some important authors of Textiles Art and Design History and Theory literature and significant learning resources of the discipline.

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