Art in the Twentieth Century 1950-2017

Ref: C3529105

This course will chart the transition from Modernism to Post-Modernism in the second half of the 20th Century, as well as looking at issues, such as Feminism and its effect on the development of women’s art. It will also explore the development of other forms of art, such as Conceptual art, Performance and Body art, Land art and Environmental art, Installation art and Film and Video art through to the present.

Course aim

This course will aim to develop an understanding of the transition from Modernism to Post-Modernism in the second half of the 20th Century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To develop an understanding of the way the changing social and political structures of Europe and the USA affected the work of artists during this period.
  • To develop an understanding of changes in the ways the public reacted to work produced by artists during this period.
  • To develop an understanding of the impact of issues such as Feminism had on the art in this period.
  • To develop an understanding of the impact new scientific discoveries and technological inventions had on the work of artists in this period, such as the development of digital photography and communications.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Each session will consist of a slideshow of works of art, with accompanying handouts and notes used as a focus for discussion. These will, hopefully, encourage you to carry out further research, such as visits to galleries, in your own time.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be no formal assessment apart from the Learner Record Form. Informal assessment will be based upon individual’s contribution and involvement in discussions and question and answer sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Although no pre-reading is required, you may find the following books useful: Matthew Collings ‘This is Modern Art’ Phoenix Michael Archer ‘Art Since 1960’ Thames & Hudson Nikos Stangos ‘Concepts of Modern Art’ Thames & Hudson

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Art in the Twentieth Century 1950-2017 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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