Guía Docente 2021-22


Id.: 32117
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 4 Teaching period: Segundo Cuatrimestre
Credits: 6 Total hours: 150
Classroom activities: 64 Individual study: 86
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Inglés
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Contemporary Art (Expresiones Artísticas Contemporáneas) connects audiovisual with different conceptions of art and creativity, those that go beyond cinema and TV in their conventional forms. In order to show a more general vision of some of the most important manifestations during the last century, the aim of this subject is analysing these ways of audiovisual creation to complement the students’ training and open their minds to assume new possibilities when working with a camera. Subject will focus on two different fields that have had a long relationship with audiovisual since this media appeared in the history: fine arts and music. By this way, students will work imagination, personal expression and artistic analysis through the path of visual and aural language.  


General programme competences G01 Ability to analyse and synthesise.
G02 Problem solving.
G03 Ability to organise and plan.
G04 Use of Information Technologies.
G05 Teamwork.
G06 Interpersonal skills
G07 Ability to take on and display an ethical commitment individually and socially.
G08 Ability to work in an international context.
G09 Ability to apply knowledge.
G10 Ability to generate new ideas (creativity).
G14 Capacity to understand the codes and forms of expression of the mass communications media.
Specific programme competences E04 Capacity to apply image composition techniques and procedures to the various audiovisual platforms using the new information technologies, based on knowledge of the classical laws and the cultural and aesthetic movements in the history of the moving image.las leyes clásicas y de los movimientos estéticos y culturales de la historia de la imagen mediante las nuevas tecnologías de la información.
E08 Capacity to analyse audiovisual stories, cleaving to the basic analytical parameters for audiovisual work; considering iconic messages as texts and products of socio-political and cultural conditions at a particular moment in history.
E15 Capacity to design and conceive the aesthetic and technical presentation of the staging using natural and artificial light and acoustic sources, keeping in mind the creative and expressive characteristics proposed by the director of the audiovisual project.
E18 Knowledge of theories, methods and problems in audiovisual communications and their languages which serve as a support for the activity, depending on the requirements established as disciplinary knowledge and professional competences.n de los requerimientos fijados como conocimientos disciplinares y competencias profesionales.
E19 Ability to suitably use technological tools in the different stages of the audiovisual process so the students express themselves through audiovisual images or discourse with the necessary technical quality.
Learning outcomes R01 Position audiovisual art within the context of modern art.
R02 Identify the main creators of video art and their market output.
R03 Recognise the basic guidelines in the creation of music videos.
R04 Identify the current key directors of video clips.
R05 Understand the bases of dramatic art.


Passion for cinema, literature, music and art. Intellectual curiosity. Artistic sensibility.

Students will need to have a minimum B1 level in English in order to take this subject, as it will be taught entirely in English.

Due to COVID-19 situation, it is fundamental for students to read the document "Medidas de adaptación por cuestiones sanitarias para los alumnos" and assume their individual responsability in the compliance of these rules, as well as the consequences of their unfulfilment. 

Students will have to use the tools provided by the University for online sessions: email, PDU and Microsoft Teams among others. Besides, they will have to keep the same schedule as the in-person sessions and the same rules of attendance and punctuality. 



Due to COVID-19 situation, this is a hybrid programme that combines online and in-person sessions. Online sessions will be developed in real time during the usual schedule and will not be recorded. 

Subject contents:

    1.1 - The path to audiovisual art
    1.2 - Artistic video: video art and video installation
    1.3 - Digitalization and computers in art
    2.1 - The concept of music video
    2.2 - Authors in music video: in search of a canon
    2.3 - Music video as social discourse

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

Theory/ practice classes: theory content is provided by the teacher in face to face sessions where practice cases can be presented to strengthen different aspects of the subject.

Group works: they will be done during the independent learning time. Instructions will be provided during the classes.

Tutorials: students can request a personal meeting with the teacher to solve doubts, guide their work or any other need. These sessions can be developed online. 

Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 42
Practical exercises 14
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 4
Coursework presentations 2
Assessment activities 2
Individual study
Tutorials 4
Individual study 6
Individual coursework preparation 10
Group cousework preparation 22
Project work 32
Recommended reading 10
Other individual study activities 2
Total hours: 150


Calculation of final mark:

Video art work: 40 %
Music video work: 60 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

VV AA. 100 videoartistas. Madrid: Exit Publicaciones, 2009.
ARACIL, Alfredo. El siglo XX: entre la muerte del Arte y el Arte Moderno. Madrid: Istmo, 1992.

Recommended bibliography:

KATZ D, Steven, Plano a plano, de la idea a la pantalla, Madrid: Plot Ediciones, 2000.
HONNEF, Klaus y WALTHER, Ingo. F. El arte del siglo XX, Koln: Taschen Books, 2006.
GUASCH, Ana María. El arte último del siglo XX: del posminimalismo a lo multicultural 1968-1995. Madrid: Alianza, 2000.
ARISTÓTELES. Poética. [Traducción de Andrés Vicente Yebra] Madrid: Gredos, 1992.
AUSTERLITZ, Saul. Money for nothing: a history of the music video from the Beatles to White Stripes, Continuum, 2006.
SCHWARTZ, Lara. Making music videos. New York: Billboard, 2007.
MARTIN, Sylvia. Videoarte, Koln: Taschen, 2006
FRASER, PETE. Teaching Music Video, London: BFI, 2005.
LUMET, Sidney. Así se hacen las películas, Madrid: Rialp, 2000.
RUSH, Michael. Nuevas expresiones artísticas a finales del siglo XX, Barcelona: Destino, 2002.
FRITH, Simon, GOODWIN, Andrew y GROSSBERG, Lawrence. Sound and Vision: the music video reader. Londres: Routledge, 1993.

Recommended websites:

Arte informado
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The Internet Music Video Database

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