Course: Introduction to Aesthetics and Theory of Visual Arts

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Course title Introduction to Aesthetics and Theory of Visual Arts
Course code KVV/UESTB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Horáček Martin, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Zálešák Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures offer an introduction to the present-day status and actual questions of both disciplines; their relationship toward the history of art and artistic criticism is outlined as well. After a brief acquaintance with the history of aesthetics, the lectures focus on selected topics and basic aesthetic categories: aesthetic distance, quality, value, kitsch (junk), etc. Interpretation of the art theory is based the artistic practice evidence.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture
  • Semestral Work - 60 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 34 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course objective is to acquaint students with the basic concepts and categories of aesthetics and theory of art. Students further familiarize with the historical development, distinguished representatives and various thought directions in both disciplines.
Ability to understand and to lead an aesthetics debate.
Prerequisites
Basic overview.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Essay

Delivery of the seminar work -theoretical essay on one of the ordered themes. Attendance at lectures is not a prerequisite for finishing the course.
Recommended literature
  • Eco, Umberto. (1998). Umění a krása ve středověké estetice. Praha.
  • Foster; Krausová; Bois; Buchloh. (2007). Umění po roce 1900. Slovart, Praha.
  • Gilbertová, K. H. - Kuhn, H. Dějiny estetiky. Praha 1965.
  • Chalumeau, Jean-Luc. (2003). Přehled teorií umění. Praha.
  • Liesmann, Konrad Paul. (2000). Filosofie moderního umění. Olomouc.
  • Perniola, Mario. (2000). Estetika 20. století. Praha.
  • Stibral, Karel. (2005). Proč je příroda krásná?. Praha.
  • Zuska, Vlastimil. (2001). Estetika, úvod do současnosti tradiční disciplíny. Praha.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (two-field) (BB14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (two-field) (BB15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (single-field) (BB14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (two-field) (BB14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (two-field) (BB15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (single-field) (BB13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (single-field) (BB15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (two-field) (BB13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter
Faculty of Education Visual arts with a focus on education (two-field) (BB13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Winter