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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Arts of Tibet

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 1

This course provides an introduction to the predominantly Buddhist Art of Tibet as well as to the methods and resources for its study. It focuses on specific aspects of Tibetan art which are not yet well defined in the available literature. In particular it critically examines the main phases of the development of Tibetan art, the development of the vast Tibetan Buddhist pantheon and the interrelationship of its deities, the relationship of imagery to textual sources, and the definition of Tibetan artistic schools in art historical terms.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate
  • a fundamental understanding of the development of the arts of Tibet and its relationship to its neighbors,
  •  a fundamental understanding of the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon and the relationship of its deities,
  •  visual literacy in the art of Tibet in terms of compositional principles, functional relationships, and stylistic attribution


1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial each week, for 11 weeks.

Method of assessment

Written exam (70%), Essay 1: 2000-2500 words (15%) - DUE Day 3 of Week 7 of the term in which the course is taught Essay 2: 2000-2500 words (15%) - DUE Day 3 of Week 11 of the term in which the course is taught