Art Criticism


Course Objective

Students in this course will:

1) train their critical and writing skills by writing a number of
reviews in English, and discuss their own and others’ texts.
2) engage with current developments in contemporary art and culture
through the medium of review writing.
3) analyse key aspects of the history and theory of art criticism.

Course Content

The students write fives reviews that will be discussed in class. As the
aim is to write well-argued reviews of contemporary art exhibitions, the
discussions will focus on form as well as on content; on the craft of
writing as well as on the cogency of the observations and value
judgements in these texts. Additionally, there are sessions on the
history and current state of art criticism that will help the student to
situate themselves and contextualize their own work. The focus is on
visual art, but contemporary visual art is inter- or postmedial in
nature, which means that art criticism too cannot be content with
conventional definitions of what constitutes visual art.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

The writing assignments will not be graded individually in order to
encourage everybody to see the course as a whole; to engage in the
process of writing and discussing without regarding every assignment as
a separate hurdle that needs to be passed. Students get feedback on each
assignment that will allow them to identify points they need to work on.
At the end, the teacher re-reads all the assignments and assesses the
entirety of the reviews based on the students' ability to present a
compelling critical perspective on art/exhibitions in a well-written and
well-structured text, taking into account the overall level but also the
growth curve during the course. This composes 80% of the grade.
Participation in the discussions (the review discussion as well as the
historical/theoretical sessions) makes up the remaining 20%.

Matching of course objectives and assessment
Objective 1: Reviews (80%), and discussion (20%)
Objective 2: Reviews
Objective 3: Discussions

Entry Requirements

BA art history or equivalent



Target Audience

MA students art history, CAMS, Critical Studies in Art and Culture, MA
Museumconservator, Design

General Information

Course Code L_KNMAKGS010
Credits 6 EC
Period P4+5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. S. Lutticken
Examiner dr. S. Lutticken
Teaching Staff dr. S. Lutticken

Practical Information

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