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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture Programme codeUFA3HPSVCU02
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2023/4
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 and Visual Culture.  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 modern languages, and it draws upon interdisciplinary research in visuality across these areas. While there is no absolute distinction between the two disciplines informing this programme, both in terms of what is studied and what kinds of analysis are used, there are some differences in methodologies, priorities and protocols. Broadly speaking, Art History is traditionally associated with the study of the fine arts (painting, sculpture, print-making, architecture etc.) and with so-called ‘high’ culture; Visual Culture concerns itself with artefacts and practices not routinely included in art historical research, including photographic and digital works, popular and ephemeral items associated with so-called 'low' culture, the visual 'crystallisation' of discursive knowledge (e.g. the role of the visual in scientific contexts); and other aspects of the visually-dominated world in which we live. Today, however, these established distinctions are breaking down; this programme has been devised to offer students the opportunity to engage with Art History and Visual Culture as a field of study where the disciplines are in dialogue with one another.

Through the programme, you will learn how to interpret works of art (including architecture and design) as well as images, objects and practices associated with Visual Culture. 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. 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 museums work; or focus on works of art and/or other visual artefacts within a specific society or time period right up to the present day. Modules are designed to provide you with a sense of the range and variety of visual works, and to encourage you to engage critically with these works. The University’s art collections and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum provide valuable resources on campus. In the city, we work closely with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, one of the most important regional museums in the UK, and with Spacex, recognized by Arts Council England as one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art spaces. As a whole, Art History and Visual Culture offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing core elements with a choice of specialist topics to suit your individual aspirations and requirements.

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 and Visual Culture, through extended engagement with visual objects, primary texts and sources, relevant critical material, and both theoretical and historical contexts.
  • Give you a thorough grounding in the core principles of Art History and Visual Culture, through a programme which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex visual objects, and which encourages you to acquire the critical tools necessary to reflect upon their production and reception. Art History and Visual Culture will involve you in learning with broad historical coverage, content, and methodology: throughout the programme, you will study a wide range of painting, sculpture, architecture illustration, film, video, performance and digital arts.
  • Provide you with a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds by equipping you with advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills. 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 and Visual Culture 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 and Visual Culture, 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

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/

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 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


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV1006 Visual Media 15No
AHV1008 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture I 15No
AHV1011 Questions and Methods in Art History and Visual Culture 30No
AHV1012 Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV Stage 1 SH Option Modules 2023-4
AHV1005 Inside the Museum 15 No
AHV1009 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture II 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15 No
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No

Stage 2


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules (including HUM2000 and HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV2015 Art History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning 30No
AHV2002 Debates and Contestations in Art History 15No
AHV2007 Contemporary Visual Practices 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV Stage 2 SH Option Modules 2023-4
AHV2013 Photography and Evidence 15 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
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15 No
EAS2089 Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future 30 No
AHV2012 Revolutions: Art and Society in France, 1770-1848 30 No
AHV2019 Common Threads: Art, Craft and Activism 15 No
AHV2020 Deconstructing the Dutch Golden Age: Nationalism, Exceptionalism and Decline 15 No
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15 No
AHV2023 Global Impressionisms 15 No
AHV2024 Renaissances North and South: Italy and the Netherlands 15 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV3000 Art History and Visual Culture Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV Final Stage SH Option Modules 2023-4 Final stage option modules
AHV3003 The Face 15 No
AHV3008 Performance Art 15 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
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
AHV3002 Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy 15 No
AHV3007 Global Modernisms 15 No
AHV3009 Paris to the World: Modelling the Modern City 15 No
AHV3012 Installation Art 15 No
AHV3016 Conceptual Art 15 No
AHV3017 'Queen City of Europe': Art, Culture and Society in Renaissance Antwerp, c.1500-70 15 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 and Visual Culture as broad subject disciplines.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive character of the descriptive terminology used in Art History and Visual Culture.
3. Show knowledge of the role of aesthetic and critical traditions in the shaping of art history and visual culture.
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. Show knowledge of the dominant concepts, methods and debates informing the study of Art History and Visual Culture.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and socio-historic contexts in which art works and other visual artefacts have been produced, presented and consumed.
7. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, linguistic, stylistic, and formal terminology to an understanding of both Art History and Visual Culture.

ILOs 1-7 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. Optional 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 2-7 are specifically introduced in Stage 1 compulsory modules.

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, ILOs 1-7. 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:

8. Apply critical skills in the close description and analysis of visual artefacts.
9. Articulate knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating Art History and Visual Culture.
10. Demonstrate sensitivity to generic conventions and to the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, production and intended audience.
11. 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.
12. Communicate effectively and construct a coherent argument in both oral and written presentations.
13. Command a broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical terminology.
14. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the disciplines of Art History and Visual Culture, 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 8 and 11, will be specifically introduced in Stage 2 compulsory modules.

ILOs 9-10, 12-14 are specifically introduced in Stage 1 compulsory modules. 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:

11. Adapt and transfer the critical methods of the discipline into unfamiliar contexts, including a variety of working environments.
15. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
16. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse, both textual and visual.
17. 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.
18. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
19. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
20. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
21. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
22. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work.
23. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets.
24. Employ IT skills, and access and assess electronic data via the internet and through other forms of interactive media.
25. 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 15-20 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.

ILO 21 is associated especially with the range of group presentations taking place in modules during all three levels. 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 22-24 are also accomplished in the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations, which occur through the programme.

ILO 25 is particularly related to the optional module ‘Humanities in the Workplace’, and to the range of work conducted in the field through Art History and Visual Culture options.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Art History & Visual Culture have a personal tutor for your 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

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

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

19. UCAS Code

VW31

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

23. Dates

Origin Date

14/11/2012

Date of last revision

08/07/2021