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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies Programme codeUFA3HPSCTH04
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme will give you a thorough grounding in the main themes and methods of Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies. It will be of particular interest if your background or interests are in the history of art, creative practice, cinema, cultural history, philosophy, sociology, literature or ancient history, and it draws upon interdisciplinary research in visuality across these areas. Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies enables you to divide your time equally between two related subject areas.

In Art History & Visual Culture, you will learn how to interpret works of art (including architecture and design) and visual images (including images, objects and practices) in order to understand contemporary and past societies and you will be able to follow your interests through a wide range of optional modules: you can choose to study art and material culture in ancient societies; look in detail at the way art history works; or focus on visual culture within a specific society or time period right up to the modern day. Modules are designed to provide you with a sense of the range and variety of artistic and visual works, and to encourage you to engage critically with these works understood in their historical and theoretical contexts. You will explore the media, techniques, and historical contexts relevant to the production of these works, the terminology used to describe and evaluate them and the institutions that present them to the public.

The Classical Studies side of the programme offers access to the culture and thought of the ancient world through its literature and artefacts. Modules combine the traditional virtues of rigorous attention to the nuances and subtleties of language with some of the most exciting and innovative approaches to the ancient world available today. Not only will you access the subject from a variety of angles (literary, literary-critical, philosophical, cultural-historical, art-historical), but you’ll also be encouraged to question the many intellectual and political uses to which the Classical world is put in the modern world. If you choose, you may study ancient literature in the original languages. Classical Studies modules combine the best traditional values of rigour and attentiveness with the latest approaches to ancient literature. In this way, you acquire a number of skills that are transferable to many situations in life and employment: not only the detailed awareness of the way language systems work and an understanding of some of the most brilliant and complex works written in any language, but also an ability to unpack the meaning of all manner of texts, from political speeches to advertising slogans.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to develop your competence in the subject specific and research skills required in both Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies, through extended engagement with primary sources and methodologies, relevant critical material, and both theoretical and historical contexts. You will acquire a thorough grounding in the core principles of Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies, through a programme which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing languages, literature, history, culture, and the visual, through study of both broad and detailed focus.

In Classical Studies modules, you will develop a range of critical approaches to ancient literature, and a broad knowledge of Greek and Roman literary texts; you will also have the opportunity to develop a command of Ancient Greek and Latin languages relevant to an understanding and appreciation of the literature, history and cultures of Greece and Rome. In Art History & Visual Culture, you will be engaged in learning with broad coverage, content, and methodology: throughout the programme, you will study a wide range of art, film, video, performance and digital arts, sculpture, architecture, and illustration, while also developing the skills necessary to analyse particular aspects of art works across a range of time periods and geographical areas.

You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring. You will also be given an opportunity to develop your independent study skills through a piece of individual research, and to develop your professional skills through engagement with galleries, museums and the University’s own art and heritage collections.

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies or related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies, like other programmes offered within the College of Humanities, encourages you to become a global citizen, a productive, useful and questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including heritage management, museums and galleries, arts administration, consultancy, market research, the civil service, education, teaching, new media industries, journalism and publishing, research, charities, information science, advertising and public relations.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

Art History & Visual Culture modules https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/studyinformation/modules/?prog=arthistory
Classical Studies modules (CLAXXXX) - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/studyinformation/modules/?prog=classics

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Optional modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability and student demand. You are expected to balance your credits in each stage of the programme, taking 60 credits from Art History & Visual Culture, and 60 credits from Classical Studies.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


30 credits of compulsory Art History & Visual Culture modules, 30 credits of compulsory Classical Studies modules, 30 credits of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules, and 30 credits of optional Classical Studies modules.

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

a select either CLA1005 or CLA1006; the modules run in alternate years so you must select the one which is running in this academic year.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV1011 Questions and Methods in Art History and Visual Culture 30No
CLA CLA1005-CLA1006 [See note a above]
CLA1005 Greek and Roman Narrative 30 No
CLA1006 Greek and Roman Drama 30 No

Optional Modules

b select either AHV1005 and AHV1009, or AHV1012, selecting 30 credits in total.

c select 30 credits from this list of optional Classical Studies modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHVC Stage 1 Combined Hons Option Modules 2024-5 [See note b above]
AHV1006 Visual Media 15 No
AHV1008 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture I 15 No
MLM1014 Chinese Art and the Art of Living 15 No
AHV1012 Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture 30 No
AHV1005 Inside the Museum 15 No
AHV1009 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture II 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15 No
CLA Y1 BA Classical Studies CH opt 2023-4 [See note c above]
CLA1202 Classical Language and Texts: Greek II 30 No
CLA1204 Classical Language and Texts: Greek III 30 No
CLA1252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II 30 No
CLA1254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin III 30 No
CLA1517 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Hellenistic Palaces in West Asia 15 No
CLA1001 Greek History: Problems and Sources 30 No
CLA1025 Classical Language and Texts Greek I (A) 15 No
CLA1026 Classical Language and Texts: Greek I (B) 15 No
CLA1027 Classical Language and Texts: Latin I (A) 15 No
CLA1028 Classical Language and Texts: Latin I (B) 15 No
CLA1302 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Greek Historiography to the End of the Fifth Century BC 15 No
CLA1307 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence) Ancient Medicine 15 No
CLA1406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15 No
CLA1410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15 No
CLA1507 Ancient World: Greek Philosophy 15 No
CLA1514 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) - Pompeii: Destruction, Discovery and Afterlife 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory Art History & Visual Culture modules, 30 credits of compulsory Classical Studies modules, 30 credits of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules, and 30 credits of optional Classical Studies modules.

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

d select either CLA2005 or CLA2006; the modules run in alternate years so you must select the one which is running in this academic year.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV2015 Art History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning 30No
CLA CLA2005-CLA2006 [See note d above]
CLA2005 Greek and Roman Narrative 30 No
CLA2006 Greek and Roman Drama 30 No

Optional Modules

e select 0-30 credits from this list of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules; we recommend selecting at least one module from AHV2002 and AHV2007.

f select 0-30 credits from this list of optional Classical Studies modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHVC Stage 2 Option Modules 2024-5 [See note e above]
AHV2012 Revolutions: Art and Society in France, 1770-1848 30 No
AHV2016 Contemporary Art and Curation 15 No
AHV2018 Comics Studies: Histories, Methodologies, Genres 30 No
AHV2021 American Photographs 15 No
AHV2022 Animals in Nineteenth-century Art and Visual Culture 15 No
AHV2023 Global Impressionisms 15 No
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15 No
AHV2013 Photography and Evidence 15 No
AHV2019 Common Threads: Art, Craft and Activism 15 No
AHV2020 Deconstructing the Dutch Golden Age: Nationalism, Exceptionalism and Decline 15 No
AHV2024 Renaissances North and South: Italy and the Netherlands 15 No
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15 No
EAS2089 Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future 30 No
AHV2002 Debates and Contestations in Art History [See note e above]15No
AHV2007 Contemporary Visual Practices [See note e above]15No
CLA S2 BA CH Classical Studies options 2023-4 [See note f above]
CLA2302 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Greek Historiography to the End of the Fifth Century BC 15 No
CLA2307 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence) Ancient Medicine 15 No
CLA2406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15 No
CLA2410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15 No
CLA2514 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) - Pompeii: Destruction, Discovery and Afterlife 15 No
CLA2517 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Hellenistic Palaces in West Asia 15 No
CLA2202 Classical Language and Texts: Greek II 30 No
CLA2205 Classical Language and Texts: Greek IV 30 No
CLA2252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II 30 No
CLA2254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin IV 30 No
CLA3204 Classical Language and Texts: Greek III 30 No
CLA3254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin III 30 No
CLA2507 Ancient World: Greek Philosophy 15 No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules (including 30-60 credits of Art History & Visual Culture modules, and 30-60 credits of Classical Studies modules).

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

g select a Dissertation in either Art History & Visual Culture or Classical Studies: AHV3000 or CLA3009 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV3000 Art History and Visual Culture Dissertation [See note g above]30No
CLA3009 Dissertation [See note g above]30No

Optional Modules

h if selecting CLA3009, select 60 credits from this list of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules.

i if selecting AHV3000, select 60 credits from this list of optional Classical Studies modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHVC Final Stage Option Modules 2024-5 [See note h above]
AHV3002 Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy 15 No
AHV3007 Global Modernisms 15 No
AHV3008 Performance Art 15 No
AHV3009 Paris to the World: Modelling the Modern City 15 No
AHV3012 Installation Art 15 No
AHV3017 'Queen City of Europe': Art, Culture and Society in Renaissance Antwerp, c.1500-70 15 No
EAF3515 Something to See: War and Visual Media 30 No
EAS3245 The 21st Century Museum 30 No
EAS3421 Picturing the Global City: Literature and Visual Culture in the 21st Century 30 No
EAS3504 Surrealism and its Legacies 30 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
AHV3013 Art, Industry and the Modern, 1840-1900 15 No
AHV3019 Artists' Film and Video 15 No
AHV3018 The Body in Art and Disability Studies 15 No
AHV3020 Subjectivity and Storytelling: From Decorative Arts to Digital Futures 15 No
THE3229 Syriac Christianity: Monks, Monasteries and Mimre 30 No
CLA Final Stage BA Ancient History-Classical Studies CH options 2023-4 [See note i above]
CLA3008 The Age of Cicero 30 No
CLA3033 Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds 30 No
CLA3045 Thucydides and the Idea of History 30 No
CLA3056 Ovid and the Erotic Passions 15 No
CLA3059 Classical Language and Texts: Greek V: Imperial Greek Prose 30 No
CLA3113 Art in Greek Society 15 No
CLA3123 Applied Classics 15 No
CLA3124 Receptions of the Classical Body 30 No
CLA3125 Reading and Writing Greek Literature in the Hellenistic World 30 No
CLA3202 Classical Language and Texts: Greek II 30 No
CLA3204 Classical Language and Texts: Greek III 30 No
CLA3205 Classical Language and Texts: Greek IV 30 No
CLA3206 Classical Language and Texts: Latin IV 30 No
CLA3251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin V: Epic 30 No
CLA3252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II 30 No
CLA3254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin III 30 No
CLA3255 Greek Political Thought 15 No
CLA3257 Living in the Roman World: Society and Culture 30 No
CLA3263 Being and Not-Being in Greek Philosophy: from Parmenides to Aristotle 15 No
CLA3267 Dialogues with the Past: Creative Interpretative Project 15 No
CLA3274 The Persians in a Near Eastern Context 30 No
CLA3275 Women Writing Classics 15 No
CLA3277 Lost Works and Fragments 15 No
CLA3278 Roman Political Thought 15 No
CLA3279 Knowledge, Wealth and Power in the Ancient World 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Identify Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies as broad subject disciplines.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive character of the descriptive terminology used in both Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of major literary works of Greece and Rome; read critically individual works within a specific genre and demonstrate an awareness of the way texts reflect changes in ancient society and perceptions.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of artworks, images and representations, performances and installations and relate them to issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of and a critical engagement with aspects of Greek and Roman society, religion and philosophy and be able to evaluate the similarities and differences with our own culture.
6. Show knowledge of the dominant concepts, methods and debates informing the study of Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies.
7. Identify and explain the cultural and socio-historic contexts in which art works and other visual artefacts have been produced, presented and consumed.
8. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, linguistic, stylistic, and formal terminology to an understanding of both Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies.

ILOs 1-8 are acquired through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme. The degree of specialisation of subject knowledge increases during the programme, culminating in the dissertation modules. Option modules in the final stage are most closely related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module. The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. On team-taught modules you will normally engage in both lectures and seminar groups. In smaller options you will normally spend most of your contact time in seminar groups and workshops.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted.

ILOs 2, 4, 6 and 8 are specifically introduced in Stage 1 modules ‘Introduction to the History of Art’ and ‘Introducing Visual Culture’, and reinforced in the range of option modules available in the second and final stages. ILOs 4 and 7 are specifically introduced in the Stage 1 modules ‘Inside the Museum’ and ‘Visual Media’ and similarly reinforced through option modules available in the second and final stages.

ILOs 2-3, 5 and 8 are at the core of the Classical Studies side of the programme at all stages. However, more sophisticated analysis and understanding is expected in the final stage. These skills are developed in stages 1 and 2 by means of lectures, discussion in seminars, researching and writing essays, gobbet answers and oral presentations. In the final stage these skills are developed in relation to particular topics and periods through specialised modules and through the dissertation.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, essays, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation. Essays and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills, 1-8. The assessment criteria explicitly recognise the skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Apply critical skills in the close description and analysis of texts and visual artefacts.
10. Select and apply appropriate critical tools when reading primary and secondary literature and ancient literature in translation.
11. Articulate knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating to Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies.
12. Engage in creative analytical and evaluative thinking about texts, sources, arguments and interpretations.
13. Demonstrate responsiveness to the central role of language and visual media in the creation of meaning and a sensitivity to the affective power of language and visual media.
14. Communicate effectively and construct a coherent argument in both oral and written presentations.
15. Command a broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical terminology.
16. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the disciplines of Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

These skills are developed throughout the programme in all modules. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion), and reinforced through the range of option modules across all stages. They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation.

ILOs 9 and 11 will be specifically introduced in the modules ‘Debates and Contestations in Art History’ and ‘Contemporary Visual Practices’.

ILOs 11, 13 and 15-16 are specifically introduced in the core modules, ‘Introduction to the History of Art’ and ‘Introducing Visual Culture’. These modules ensure that you have a firm grasp of the range of academic skills that are required of you during the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, essays, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

17. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
18. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse, both textual and visual.
19. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive interpretative skills of the subject areas.
20. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
21. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
22. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
23. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
24. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work.
25. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets.
26. Employ IT skills, and access and assess electronic data via the internet and through other forms of interactive media.
27. Adapt and transfer the critical methods of the discipline into unfamiliar contexts, including a variety of working environments.

Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, work experience and other learning activities throughout the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, essays, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation.

ILOs 17-22 are also strongly developed in the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other written work produced through all stages. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your written work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module; the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

ILO23 is associated especially with the range of group presentations taking place in modules during all stages. Group presentation assessment brings into focus an important range of skills for students, including sharing workloads, responsibility for tasks, team-working, collaborative and communicative skills. Individual contributions to group work are also assessed individually, most often in the form of a reflective presentation report.

ILOs 24-26 are also accomplished in the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations, which occur through the programme.

ILO 27 is particularly related to the optional module ‘Humanities in the Workplace’, and to the range of work conducted in the field through Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies options.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed in section 9, the Department of Classics and Ancient History provides:

  • Team Skills Development Programme
  • Student Handbooks and module guides (available in print and on the department websites)
  • ELE based learning support materials and activities (Hercules)
  • Access to teaching staff – times when staff are available are posted on office doors and contact email addresses provided in student handbooks
  • Student representation at department meetings and College Teaching Committee
  • Student progress review and reporting via reserved agenda items at department meetings

All students within Art History & Visual Culture have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who are available at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme. A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies

19. UCAS Code

QV83

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History of art, architecture and design
[Honours] Classics and ancient history (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek)

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/08/2015

Date of last revision

27/03/2023