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Art in Europe: 1000 - Present (Online) (10 credit points)

Course Times & Enrolment

Wednesdays from 17th April 2024 (Code AA258-304) Wednesdays from
17th April 2024 6:30pm - 8:30pm • (10 classes)
Online • Tutor: Guillaume Evrard
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Study 1000 years of Art History in 10 weeks. Taking a century per week, and using carefully chosen examples, this course explores a millennium of dramatic change, from the middle ages and the Renaissance to modernism, and postmodernism and towards the present day.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students will need to be able to confidently use videoconferencing software and be comfortable with using websites.

Special Information

In order to participate in this course, you will need access to a computer with a speaker, microphone and a good internet connection. An internet browser is required to access the online learning platform. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are the recommended browsers.

Content of Course

1. 1000-1100 Romanesque architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, pilgrimages and monasticism

2.1100-1200 Early Gothic

3. 1200-1300 Duccio, Cimabue, Giotto, Pisano, High Gothic, Rayonnant Gothic, Chartres Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle

4. 1300-1400 Giotto, Cione, Martini, Lorenzetti, Fabriano, Veneziano, Parler, Flamboyant Gothic, Perpendicular style

5. 1400-1500 van Eyck, Limbourg, Masaccio, Francesca, Pisanello, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Ghiberti, Memling, Mantegna, Leonardo, van der Weyden, Donatello, Sluter

6. 1500-1600, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Cranach, Holbein, Pontormo, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Palladio, Bramante

7. 1600-1700, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Hals, Vermeer, Velasquez, La Tour, Poussin, Le Brun, Le Nôtre, Bernini, Borromini, Vauban, Wren

8. 1700-1800, Canaletto, Bellotto, Piranesi, Panini, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, Hogarth, Gainsborough, David, Fisher von Erlach, Vanvitelli

9. 1800-1900, Goya, Géricault, Ingres, Delacroix, Friedrich, Courbet, Pugin, Monet, Rodin, Repin, Whistler, MacIntosh, Horta

10. 1900-now, Picasso, Duchamp, Moore, Hepworth, Albers, Orlan, Richard Long, Abramovic, Tracey Emin, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Rogers, Botta. 

Teaching method(s)

This course will be delivered via live online sessions.

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Conduct a methodological analysis of artworks,

  • Recognise and describe the work of various European styles and creators,

  • Assess critically broad trends in the history of European art between 1000 and the present day.


Core Readings

Students should not purchase books until the course is confirmed to run, and their teacher instructs them to do so.

  • Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art. Rev. 7th. London: Laurence King.

  • Cormack, R., 2000. Byzantine Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Benton, J.R., 2002. Art of the Middle Ages. New York: Thames & Hudson.

  • Coldstream, N., 2002. Medieval Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Arnold, J.H., 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Blondé, B., Boone, M. & Van Bruaene, A.-L., 2018. City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100-1600. Cambridge University Press.

  • Nash, S., 2008. Northern Renaissance Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Welch, E.S., 2000. Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Williams, R., 2009. Art Theory: An Historical Introduction. 2nd edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Edwards, S. ed., 1999. Art and its Histories: A Reader. London: Open University/Yale University Press.


10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.

Studying for Credit

If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.


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.