Course Description

Course Name

Interpreting Artworks

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


A close analysis of ways in which historically major individual artworks can have meaning, and a demonstration of a variety of theoretical, cultural, historical and aesthetic approaches to interpretation in art.

Interpreting Artworks is focused on the close analysis of individual artworks and monuments spanning from the 12th century to the present day. The course consists of twelve modules, most of which are structured around the interpretation of one particular artwork. This is not a chronological survey of art. The emphasis is more on examining key concepts and issues in the interpretation of art rather than a given style or period. It is hoped that by the end of the course students will be equipped with the fundamental skills for understanding, decoding and critically evaluating art in its many forms and contexts. This can only be gained through a sustained and detailed engagement with specific works of art.

Learning Outcomes
- To cultivate in students a love and understanding of art that will enrich their lives
- To introduce students to diverse interpretive strategies in the study of art
- To develop basic research skills for art history and theory
- To introduce students to the different approaches that can be taken in researching and discussing art history and theory

*Course content subject to change