Module Catalogues

Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics

Module Title Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2024/25
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics module provides an introduction to a wider cultural framework that forms the basis for architecture and architectural design. It introduces critical reflections at the border of architectural discourse – both from the West and from the East – in order to provide a better understanding of cultural context as influencing positions and expressions in the fine arts and architecture.
Students will not only learn to identify key aesthetic concepts and to evaluate them critically, but they will also engage with them creatively in order that they may form positions they may further develop in practice. The module will be elective for Communication Studies students.

Learning outcomes

A Evaluate key aesthetic concepts, and how they are situated within culture.
B Relate key aesthetic concepts to architectural discourses.
C Illustrate an understanding of culture and the arts as dependent on philosophical positions.
D Evaluate how the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design.
E Critically engage with aesthetic positions and develop a multifaceted argument both orally and in writing.

Method of teaching and learning

Seminars will engage students in the critical review and development of philosophical viewpoints relating to the fine arts and architecture. The seminars will be supported by lectures introducing key positions and concepts in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, both in the West and in the East. Students articulate ideas mainly through in-class presentations, in-class discussions, and essay writing. Some sessions may be delivered in collaboration with Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language and the study skills requirements for the module.