Singapore University of Social Sciences

Art Criticism

Art Criticism (BAE311)

Applications Open: 01 October 2022

Applications Close: 15 December 2022

Next Available Intake: January 2023

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2523 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Writing and art are inextricably linked. BAE311 examines some of the connections between the two practices. It begins by looking at an important type of art writing - art criticism. Here, it provides students with a historical overview, and introduces them to methodologies of the field. It then moves on to examine the role of writing in art, with an emphasis on the relation between words and images in the art of the late 19th-, 20th- and 21st-centuries. The module offers students the opportunity to study the diverse ways in which writing intersects with art.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Feldman's Practical Art Criticism
  • The State of Art Criticism
  • Words in Impressionism, Symbolism, Cubism and Futurism
  • Writing and Art: 1920s and 1930s
  • Writing and Art: 1940s to 1960s I
  • Writing and Art: Late 20th-century and early 21st-century

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the types of art writing in different historical periods and cultures.
  • Compare different approaches to critiquing art.
  • Examine a critical position given in an essay.
  • Assess a variety of work with unbiased aesthetic and critical judgments.
  • Apply critique frameworks on different types of art essays.
  • Critique a given art perspective by an author
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