London, United Kingdom

Modern and Contemporary Art in London

when 29 June 2020 - 7 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This course focuses on art works exhibited in London collections and temporary exhibitions, discussing and theorising the evolution of the modern art object from the nineteenth-century to present. Through a series of seminar- and gallery-based classes, the module will closely scrutinise a broad range of art objects, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video, to consider how the development of visual technologies, materials and techniques are negotiated by artists and have impacted on the critical methodologies developed by art historians. Each week will take a different thematic category to foreground discussion, helping to address changing cultural, social, and historical contexts in the making of visual art and its relationship to current sites of exhibition and mechanism of display.

Course leader

Tom Snow has taught in the History of Art Department at UCL for the past five years. His research focuses on contemporary art and the politics of activism in the context of neoliberal globalisation.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Developed a good understanding of London’s major collections and cultural institutions.
Acquired knowledge regarding art’s relationship to the moment of its making and current site of exhibition.
Obtained a good understanding of historical shifts in materials and the materiality of modern to contemporary art.
Gained skills in comparative and alternative ways of seeing and critique.
Obtained a good introductory understanding to theoretical notions of production and consumption, and systems of social and cultural valuation.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: The tuition fee for this module is £2100
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.