Artistic Rebellion in London and Paris
Academic Lead: Cary Mackay
This course offers you an introduction to the history of modernist and avant-garde art in Paris, and its impact upon cultural production in London. The course investigates how artists in both places responded to the political, social and technological transformations that took place in European societies between 1870 and 1980. You’ll look at the differences between life in Paris and in London during this period, and the effects that these had upon artistic production. You’ll also explore topics ranging from the influence of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting on the Bloomsbury Group’s demands for sexual and social freedoms, to the influence of Dada and Surrealism on David Bowie, and Situationist ‘culture jamming’ on punk rock. We hope you will think about the construction of official ideas of culture and the varying means by which artists have generated their own aesthetics of resistance. Making use of the incredible resources provided by London itself, the course will include field trips to galleries and museums and tours of historic locations.
The course aims to introduce you to historical, political, social and artistic life in Paris and London between 1870 and 1980 through the study of a range of visual media, including painting, photography, journals, fanzines, posters, as well as related texts. It seeks to illuminate the transmission of artistic practices between these two geographical centres and account for the differences in these practices’ use and reception. It introduces you to the use of analytical tools to discuss visual documents in relation to historical and cultural issues, and seeks to assess the impact that Parisian modernist and avant-garde movements have had upon British cultural production.
Teaching and learning
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, field trips (galleries, museums)
You will learn about:
- the political and social history of Paris and London (in the 19th–20th centuries)
- the principal modernist and avant-garde artistic movements in Paris and their impact upon cultural production in London.
You will be able to:
- develop the analytical tools to analyse a painting, photograph, collage, poster, journal or fanzine as a visual document
- analyse the social and political implications of a painting, photograph, collage, poster etc
- understand and employ appropriate academic style and terminology
- relate visual documents to historical, political and cultural issues
- analyse cultural products in interdisciplinary ways
- improve your skills in discussion, argumentation, and expression, both orally and in writing.
The QMUL Summer School costs: £1,499 per session, which includes tution and social programme.
We offer a 10% discount to:
- Students and staff from partner institutions
- Current QMUL students
On campus accommodation (bed and breakfast) will cost £899 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the Tuition and Social Programme Fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the QMUL Summer School.
To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
- if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
- if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+
We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
English language requirements
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the QMUL Summer School:
- If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
- IELTS, 7 overall or higher
- TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
- China UEE (University Entrance Exam) - 110
- CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
- PTE Academic 68
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70- grade C (old marking system)
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help.
Application deadline: 25 May 2018.
What do I need to apply?
You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:
- your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
- evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
- a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
- a copy of your passport
What do I do next?
- work with your home university adviser to select the courses you want to study at QMUL and ensure they are approved/can transfer back to your own institution
- gather your transcripts and your proof of language proficiency (if applicable)
- check that you meet the eligibility criteria
- Apply online to QMUL
What happens then?
- We make a decision on your application within 5 days of your application date and send you an offer letter
- You accept our offer
- Apply for a visa (if you need it)
- Book your flights to London**
- Read all of our pre-departure emails carefully before you arrive
- Pack and get ready for your stay in London
- Arrive in London and move into your new home with us on campus
- Join the welcome programme and start your course
- Complete all your welcome programme/orientation tasks
- Enjoy your time at QMUL!
** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.