|Course Title||Award in Aesthetics and Philosophy|
|Course Start and planned End Date||Start date: January 29 2024
Prospected End date: June 17, 2024
|Lectures||Mondays, 18:00 – 20:00 – MCAST Mosta
|Venue||MCAST Mosta – Institute of Creative Arts, and online.
|Mode of Delivery||F2F and Online|
|Method of Assessment||Project|
|Institute||MCAST Mosta – Institute of Creative Arts|
|Year of studies (1st, 2nd etc)||1st|
|Duration of course||38 Hours|
What makes something a work of art? Is there some feature common to all artworks? Are we simply stating our personal taste when we say something is good or bad art or is there something more objective about such statements?
Does a great artwork lose its greatness if it is made by a bad person? Philosophy delves deeper into a topic, seeking wisdom and profound truths while helping us see the bigger picture. The philosophy of art, therefore, tries to understand deeper truths about art. It is concerned with the big questions about beauty and taste, the nature of art, aesthetic appreciation, and the concepts we use to evaluate and interpret art and artworks. This course familiarises the students with some of the main ideas and texts in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. It introduces the students to philosophy as an academic discipline that also explores beauty, art and its nature, and its value. Students will learn about different theories such as the mimetic theory, art as expression, formalism, and the institutional theory of art, as well as theories of art criticism, interpretation, and evaluation. By the end of this course, students will gain philosophical insight in analysing, debating, and criticising concepts, arguments, and definitions of art while encouraging practice-based research, creativity, and thinking outside the box.
Learning Outcomes (LOs):
LO1 Identify some of the main authors and ideas in the history of aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
LO2 Formulate the issues concerning theories within aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
LO3 Apply artistic theories and concepts in artistic practice.
LO4 Read effectively, analyse, and use primary and secondary texts.
LO5 Communicate more effectively when discussing art and artworks.
LO6 Cultivate transferable skills within the context of critiquing art.