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Masterpieces of Modern Art

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 14th April 2020 (Code AA214-302) Add to Basket Tuesdays from
14th April 2020 11:10am - 1:00pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood (plus visits to collections) • Tutor: Bill Hare MA
£138.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

Combining classroom lectures with gallery visits, this course will examine in detail some of the finest examples of Modern Art in this country. All the great Modern Masters will be included as the course moves from Modern Realism and Impressionism through Post-Impressionism and Cubism to Dada/Surrealism and Abstraction.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prerequisites. Open to all

Content of Course

The students will meet each week during this one-semester course for an hour at the Holyrood campus (or at The Scottish National Gallery or The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) to examine and discuss as a group selected examples of Modern Art.

1. What is Modernism?

2. Impressionism

3. Post-Impressionism I

4. Post-Impressionism II

5. Fauvism

6. Cubism

7. Abstraction

8. Dadaism

9. Surrealism I

10. Surrealism II


NB. The content of the course will vary depending on displays.

Teaching method(s)

Each class will consist of an introductory talk followed by open group discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • communicate their in-depth visual experience of Modern Art from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century;
  • show contextual understanding of the historical development of art in this time;
  • reflect critically on modern art in Scotland.


Transferable skills:

  • Oral communication
  • Visual analysis
  • Handling of evidence


Core Readings


Clarke, Michael, 2000. A Companion Guide to the National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland.

Elliot, Patrick, 1999. A Companion Guide to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland

Lynton, Norbert, 1992. The Story of Modern Art. Oxford: Oxford



If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.