Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POV4411 Topics in History of Art Fall 2 2 3 5
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Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Instructor DENİZ EYÜCE ŞANSAL
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This history of art course will explore topics in the history and theory of art in a range of pictorial and spatial arts across different geographies since the invention of photography and in relation to subsequent developments of the moving image technologies of film and video. It will assess the relations between traditions of art and these new image-making technologies, as well as exploring a range of other factors in the shifts and alterations in the practices and theories of art since the mid-19th century, but it will concentrate on the recent emergence of different types of work with or in relation to cameras.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Recognize work made by artists in relation to a series of modern art movements
2. Assess alternative modes of understanding and assessing this tradition of modern art
3. Recognize debates about the status of the photographic, filmic and video image in relation to operative definitions of art
4. Recognize different modes of modernism in the visual arts and differentiate particular works in relation to these.
5. Identify and assess different modes of the breakdown of progressivist accounts of modern art
6. Identify and assess the emergence of work associated with generic innovation in the visual arts, including happenings, performance, installation and intervention
7. Identify and differentiate different accounts of the postmodern in the visual arts
8. Critically differentiate the effects, aims and achievements of recent camera or other work in the gallery or elsewhere
9. Respond to the innovations in modern and postmodern art in the preparation of camera assignments

Course Content

Students can expect to become familiar with accounts of modern art as a series of movements including realism, impressionism, cubism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, conceptualism and minimalism, as well as accounts which stress other factors and modes of analysis. Work using photography, film and video will be introduced alongside more traditional genres and media of art. Critical arguments about the value and purpose of art, in particular accounts of modernism and postmodernism will be outlined. These will be tested by and through the critical investigation of recent art, its meanings and effects.

Students will be encouraged to ask critical questions about the relations between art, traditions, institutions and knowledge and to propose work that interests them for analysis. Work by Turkish artists will be introduced where appropriate. There will be three camera assignments set in relation to the arguments and ideas of the course.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction - Art and its institutions: Academies, salons, museums, galleries.
2) From Realism to Surrealism. Reading: Gombrich, E.H. ‘Permanent Revolution: The nineteenth century’, ‘In Search of New Standards: The late nineteenth century’, and ‘Experimental Art: The first half of the twentieth century’, The Story of Art, 499-555 and 557-97.
3) Modern art movements: advantages and disadvantages of ‘-isms.’ Assignment I. Reading: Richard R. Brettel, ‘Realism to Surrealism’, 11-47.
4) Photography, art and modern visual culture. Brettel, ‘Photography’, 74-8; ‘Representation, Vision, and “Reality”: the Art of Seeing’, 83-103; and ‘Fragmentation, dislocation and recombination’, 120-3.
5) Post-war art and modernisms: Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada and Pop. Reading: Gombrich, E.H. ‘A Story Without End: The triumph of Modernism’, 599-626 and Hopkins, D. ‘The Politics of Modernism: Abstract Expressionism and the European Informel’, ‘Duchamp’s Legacy: The Rauschenberg-Johns Axis’ and ‘The Artist in Crisis: From Bacon to Beuys’, 5-34, 37-93.
6) Minimalism, Conceptualism, performance and the uses of video. Hopkins, ‘Modernism in Retreat: Minimalist Aesthetics and Beyond’ and ‘The Death of the Object: The Move to Conceptualism’, 131-95.
7) Revision and assignment evaluation. Working on the assignments.
8) Assignment 2 Working on the assignments.
9) Postmodernisms, hybrid genres and cultures. Reading: Hopkins, ‘Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the 1980s’ and ‘Into the 1990s’, 197-245.
10) Issues in recent art-I: the photographic image, objectivity, memory, history. Campany, D. ‘Survey’, Art and Photography, 11-45; works from Art and Photography, 46-87.
11) Issues in recent art-II: the photographic image, the body and identity and the everyday. Reading: Works from Art and Photography, 88-133.
12) Issues in recent art-III: studio images, reproduction and simulation, nature as culture. Reading: Works from Art and Photography, 134-205.
13) Issues in recent art-IV: the moving image in the gallery-spectacle, appropriation, intimacy, temporality. Newman, M. ‘Moving Image in the Gallery since the 1990s’, Film and Video Art, 86-121.
14) Assignment 3 Working on the assignments.


Course Notes / Textbooks: GOMBRICH, E.H. (1995). The Story of Art. 16th edition, London: Phaidon. [relevant chapters]
References: 1. BRETTEL, Richard R. (1999). Modern Art. 1851-1929. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [extracts]
2. CAMPANY, David. (2003). Art and Photography. London: Phaidon.
3. COMER, Stuart (ed.). (2009). Film and Video Art. London: Tate Gallery.
4. HOPKINS, David. (2000). After Modern Art. 1945-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
5. & The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Homework Assignments 3 % 30
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 13 4 52
Homework Assignments 3 8 24
Midterms 1 1 1
Final 1 1 1
Total Workload 120

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.