HIST06016 2019 Visual and Material Culture 3: (The Contemporary World)

General Details

Full Title
Visual and Material Culture 3: (The Contemporary World)
Transcript Title
Visual and Material Culture 3:
80 %
Subject Area
HIST - History / Theory of Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Angela Mehegan, Louis McManus
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 202200 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_AARTT_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art SG_DCRDS_B07 202300 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

Visual and Material Culture in Semester 3 addresses the themes and issues that inform Modernism, Postmodernism and issues and trends in contemporary art and design practice.  The student will be introduced to the theoretical frameworks that underpin context, time, historical perspectives, cultural meaning, ideas and other issues relevant to Art and Design Practice. The ideas, themes, works and other phenomena generated by Modernism and Postmodernism will also be positioned within contemporary debates.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify the major themes and issues that inform Modernism and Postmodernism.


Research and assess the social and cultural context of art and design production.


Evaluate the theoretical framework that underpins Modernist and Postmodernist art and design practice.


Critically communicate ideas and findings through written submissions, peer-led seminars and presentations.


Analyse texts, documents, bodies of work and artefacts that inform the study of Modernism and Postmodernism

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and Learning Strategies are Lecture, Seminar and Workshop based. Lectures supported by images and texts, provide the context and background to area under discussion. Seminars offer opportunities for more detailed  thematic textual analysis and  group discussion. Workshops allow for focused interaction, research methodologies, oral communication and structured debate. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assignments and coursework are assessed  using the following criteria:

The assessment strategy focuses on the student's evaluation of Visual and Material Culture  through:

  • Application of Visual Research Methodologies
  • Written submissions
  • Individual and Group Presentations
  • Discipline-based research
  • Interaction with studio practice


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessments are based on existing assessment briefs which allow the student to repeat Continuous Assessment assignments in Autumn Exam Board

Indicative Syllabus

Module Outline-Core Lecture Series: (1 Hour)

  • Post War/Cold War themes and issues in Art and Design
  • Production, Consumption  and Popular Culture: The object and meaning
  • The Everyday: Style , Subversion and Kitsch
  • The Body in Art and Design Practice
  • Art, Design and Cross Cultural Practice
  • Anti-Art and Design
  • Art, Design and Activism
  • Defining Postmodernism
  • Postmodern Theories and Practices
  • Processes,New Media and Photography
  • Land, Landscape and Sustainability

Seminars (2 Hours)  are disciplined-based and address a broad range of Fine Art and Design themes and perspectives generated from lecture programmes. Also included are: 

  • Research methodologies
  • Textual Analysis
  • Contextual Studies
  • Approaches to Critical Writing
  • Studio interaction






Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Document-based Research Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % Week 6 1,2,3,5
2 Thematic Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 60 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Core Lectures 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Contextual Studies 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1991-06-28 The Post-Modern and the Post-Industrial Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521409527 ISBN-13 9780521409520

The first book to provide a critical survey of the many different uses made of the term post-modern across a number of different disciplines.

Required Reading
1997-01-01 Redressing Cathleen
ISBN UOM:39015042166242
Required Reading
1999-02-03 Consumer Culture and Modernity Polity
ISBN 0745603041 ISBN-13 9780745603049

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues, concepts and theories through which people have tried to understand consumer culture throughout the modern period, and puts the current state of thinking into a broader context. Thematically organized, the book shows how the central aspects of consumer culture - such as needs, choice, identity, status, alienation, objects, culture - have been debated within modern theories, from those of earlier thinkers such as Marx and Simmel to contemporary forms of post-structuralism and postmodernism. This approach introduces consumer culture as a subject which - far from being of narrow or recent interest - is intimately tied to the central issues of modern times and modern social thought. With its reviews of major theorists set within a full account of the development of the subject, this book should be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the many disciplines which now study consumer culture, including communications and cultural studies, anthropology and history.

Required Reading
2006 In the Bubble Mit Press
ISBN 0262701154 ISBN-13 9780262701150

How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people.

Required Reading
From Beyond the Pale Art and Artists at the edge of Consensus IMMA

Required Reading
2008-10-01 Modernism Victoria & Albert Museum
ISBN 1851774777 ISBN-13 9781851774777

Modernism flourished from 1914 to 1939 and it was a key point of reference for 20th century architecture, design and art. This work explores Modernism and design from an international perspective and reveals the ways in which it has shaped our world and its visual culture.

Required Reading
2011 The Moderns Irish Museum Of Modern Art
ISBN 1907020497 ISBN-13 9781907020490

Subtitle on colophon and dust jacket: The arts in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Attfield, J. & Kirkham, P, (1989) A View from the Interior: Feminism, Women and Design, The Women's Press

Attfield, Judy, (2007) Bringing Modernity Home : Writings on Popular Design and Material Culture,  Manchester University Press

Banham, R. (1967) Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, The Architectural Press.

Barthes, R. (2001) Mythologies, Collins.

Geczy, A. (2008) Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions, Berg

Chipp, Herschel B. (1968) Theories of  Modern Art, University of California Press.

Compagnon, A. (1990) The 5 Paradoxes of Modernity, Columbia University Press.

Duncombe, S. (2002)  The Cultural Resistance Reader, Verso.

Evens & Hall, eds. (1999) Visual Culture: the Reader,  Sage: Open University.

Frascina, F., ed.(2000) Pollock and After: The Critical Debate, Harper and Row.

Frascina, F. and Harrison, C., eds. (1982) Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology.

Foster, Hal, Krauss, R, Bois Y-A, Buchloh, B. (2004) Art Since 1900 Modernism, Antimodernism Postmodernism, Thames & Hudson.

Frascina, F. & Harrison, J., (1992) Art in Modern Culture : An Anthology of Critical Texts, The Open University: Phaidon.

Geczy, A. (2008) Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions, Berg.

Harrison & Wood, (1996) Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Blackwell.

Hughes, R. (2000) The Shock of the New, Art and the Century of Change, Thames and Hudson.

Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin H. D. Bucholch, (2005) Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson.

Rose, Margaret, A. (1991) The Post-Modern & the Post-Industrial: a Critical Analysis, Cambridge University Press.

Sparke, P. (1995) An Introduction to Design and Culture in the Twentieth Century, Routledge.

Sparke, P., (1996),  As Long as It's Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste, Pandora

Synnott, S. (1999) ‘The Author after Modernism', in O'Brien, P., ed. Thoughtlines: an Anthology of Research, NCAD.

Wilk, C., ed. (2008) Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939, V & A.

Woodham, J.M. (1997)  Twentieth Century Design, Oxford University Press.

Foster, Hal, Krauss, R, Bois Y-A, Buchloh, B. (2004) Art Since 1900 Modernism, Antimodernism Postmodernism, Thames & Hudson.



Journal Resources

AD Architectural Digest

Art in America

Art Forum

Art News

Art Reveal Magazine

Frame Magazine

URL Resources

Modernist Cultures  https://www.euppublishing.com/loi/mod

Postmodernism:https: //www.vam.ac.uk/collections/postmodernism 

Circa Art Magazine: https://circaartmagazine.net/

Art Reveal : https://www.artrevealmagazine.com/

Creative Boom: https://www.creativeboom.com/