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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


First year programme - Flexible Combined Honours

Chanel handbagLearn how to interpret visual culture in our world of:

  • societies, present and past
  • gender and art
  • the body
  • ethnicity
  • religion and belief
  • and many more ...

Study it through:

  • art history
  • anthropology
  • cinema
  • media - new and traditional
  • performance
  • archaeology
  • literature
  • history
  • language studies
  • business
  • and many more ...

Your studies can also include contemporary visual media such as installation, video art, digital media and virtual and mixed reality.

During your first year, you develop your understanding of the ways in which painting, sculpture and architecture can be analysed in relation to their cultural and historical context.

Your first year also develops your analytical skills for use in subsequent years to analyse visual works and develop your understanding of visual culture and its implications for understanding cultural activity more broadly.

During your second and third years you follow your interests through a wide range of optional modules, e.g.:

  • art and material culture in ancient societies
  • art historical themes and periods
  • arts management
  • curatorial practice and museum culture

Two compulsory Visual Culture modules are taken during the first year:

  • Alex Crowe-Evans - FCH student, graduates 2012.Introducing Visual Culture - AHV1001 (30 credits)
  • Visual Media - AHV1006 (15 credits)

and optional module(s) from Art History and Visual Culture or relevant ones available from departments, e.g.:

  • Modern/Avant-Garde/Contemporary: Debates and Contestations in The Visual Arts - AHV1007 (30 credits)

More than 60 credits of visually related modules can be taken each year by taking additional Art History modules and/or by choosing  modules with a high visual content from within other subject areas of the University.

Art History and Visual Culture - main subject web pages.