This module is a general introduction to contexts in Art and Design. It aims to present a practical argument for the study of history and theory, using the divergent and dynamic interests and enthusiasms of the course teaching staff as a source for examining the ideas underpinning creative activity. The module will demonstrate by example what is involved in drawing inspiration from leading artists, designers and movements. Through their presentations the staff will model the study habits of researching one’s passion and understanding the wider context of those by whom they are inspired to enrich their own practice.