Skip to main content

Unit information: Art and Music in 2021/22

Unit name Art and Music
Unit code HART20008
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Shaw-Miller
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit examines the dynamic relationships between the arts of sound and vision in the period c.1800-1960. Although art and music are often thought of as separate and opposite art forms, one visible, one invisible, one silent, one noisy, one temporal and one spatial, they have in fact constantly interacted in rich and productive ways. Such interaction has taken place at the level of individuals: amongst those we shall consider are Wagner (especially the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk), Klee, Kandinsky, Kupka, Schoenberg, Satie, Mondrian, Pollock and Kubrick; at the level of art movements, for example, Symbolism, Orphism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Abstract Expressionism; and at the level of ideas the 'absolute', the nature of representation, abstraction, dissonance, purity, hybridity, synaesthesia. We will listen to a great variety of music, from opera to free jazz, and consider issues in painting, sculpture, architecture (the design of concert halls, for example), 'colour music' (the development of light projection) and film.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. analyse and generalise about issues of continuity and change from a comparative perspective;
  2. select pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate more general issues through coherent argument;
  3. identify a particular academic interpretation, evaluate it critically and form an individual viewpoint;
  4. demonstrate writing skills appropriate to level I/5.

Teaching Information

Classes will involve a combination of discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Information

One 3000-word summative essay (75%) [ILO 1-4]

One timed assessment (25%) [ILOs 1, 2]


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. HART20008).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.