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Art History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning

Module titleArt History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning
Module codeAHV2015
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Jamie Edwards ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




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Module description

The Art History and Visual Culture field study module is an essential part of your degree programme at Exeter. It culminates in an intensive one-week field trip in a location in continental Europe. During the visit you will participate in a range of staff-guided and self-managed visit options, including architectural/urban studies, visits to permanent galleries/museums and temporary exhibitions.

The module provides an opportunity to develop and apply research skills in virtual and real-world environments and to view and interrogate a variety of museums, objects and spaces in a single urban environment. The module consists of three main parts:

1)    Firstly, it addresses a range of thematic and methodological approaches to Field Study, introducing you to a range of ways of approaching and thinking about culture, broadly conceived, and the urban environment, exploring relationships between places, people and objectsSecondly, through applied group work and project development (usually involving a digital component), you will develop key skills and knowledge identified  in term 1 work

2)    Finally, the trip itself, which lasts 5-6 days and consists of a series of staff-led visits and individual/group project exercises.

Teaching in terms 1 and 2 will involve a mix of lectures, workshops, projects and self-directed study that provide you with the necessary background information to successfully undertake the field  trip. Work in term 1 will culminate in an essay. Work in term 2 culminates  in completion of group projects and presentations . In term 3, the field trip will be accompanied by completion of a field journal with critical commentary, both submitted following the trip itself. .

This is a compulsory core module for all Art History and Visual Culture SH, CH and FCH students. No other students may take this module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The field trip has three main aims: 

  • To gain an understanding of how art history and visual culture function in location-specific contexts, through lecturer-led visits, and student-focused presentations. 

  • To provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through lecture-based modules to virtual and 'real-world' study in an intensive and continuous way. 

  • To provide further in-depth training that will contribute to your independent research dissertations building on skills developed in stage one. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of art, visual culture and museum culture of a European city.
  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of urban/cultural identity.
  • 3. Demonstrate familiarity with the history of various forms of cultural expression in the context of a European city: art and architecture, urban design, tourism, museum studies.
  • 4. Identify/formulate and evaluate questions or problems with limited guidance.
  • 5. Discuss specific case studies and examples relevant to specific themes relating to the fieldclass (e.g. museum studies, issues of patronage, context, visual media and representation)

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Identify a diverse range of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding.
  • 7. Explain the significance of spatial relationships of architecture, sculpture and art in the built ?environment.
  • 8. Conduct your own research and prepare a good argument both in verbal discussion and in written assignments.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means.
  • 10. Explore available resources to find useful texts and materials.
  • 11. Undertake independent/self-directed study/learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment,
  • 12. Gain a competence in presenting and speaking in a public place about works of art and/or visual culture.

Syllabus plan

Details of specific locations, activities, and content of the fieldtrips will be issued during the previous term. 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities before the field study trip34Workshops and lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities before the field study trip16Lectures during field-class
Scheduled learning and teaching activities before the field study trip6Field activities and group-work during field-class
Guided independent study`244Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group work topic document 500 words 1-10 Collective, verbal
Mini essay 750 words 1-10 Individual, written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual field diary with commentary301000 words + field diary (a full pdf scan of your diary and 1000 words text commentary) 1-9 Written
Essay 402500 word essay 1-10 Written
Group project and presentation 3020 minutes (approx.. 5 mins per student) 1-10 Oral and written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual field diary Individual field diary 1-9 Referral/deferral period
Summary of Presentation contribution Summary of Presentation contribution 1-10 Referral/deferral period
Essay Essay 1-10 Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Reading lists appropriate to each fieldtrip will be issued during the previous term through ELE. 

Key words search

Art History, Visual Culture  

Credit value30
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