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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and English with Employment Experience Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and English with Employment Experience Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSEGL04
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 is a challenging and flexible degree that builds on two internationally-renowned centres of excellence in research, teaching and theatre practice. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging, world-leading research interests and we provide a supportive and high-quality environment for learning. The programme will give you a thorough grounding in the main themes and methods of Art History & Visual Culture and English. It will be of particular interest if your background is in fine and modern art, the history of art, cinema, performance, literature, cultural history, philosophy, sociology or modern languages. Art History & Visual Culture and English 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.

For English, Exeter ranks in the top 100 universities in the world. This part of the programme will introduce you to over 1,000 years of the written word, from epic medieval verse to Renaissance drama, from the Victorian novel to the experiments of literary modernism, and we also offer modules on film, creative writing, and the contemporary cultural industries. Our world-class teaching staff will nurture your natural talents and enthusiasm for English literary studies, but more importantly they will challenge you to think differently. From a vibrant city centre location, with coast and countryside on your doorstep, you will hone your skills to become an accomplished independent researcher and a compelling writer.

This programme is studied over four years. The first two years and the final year are university-based, and the third year is spent gaining employment experience at a suitable location abroad.

This Employment Experience Abroad variant of the programme is a great way to incorporate graduate-level work placement or placements undertaken outside of the United Kingdom directly into your programme of study, to reflect critically upon these experiences, and for them to count towards the assessment of your degree. There is no better way to gain valuable employment experience that can be rewarded and recognised clearly by future employers. With preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities, including in foreign languages if required, you can also demonstrate adaptability and resourcefulness by organising suitable placements in areas of employment related to your interests and potential future career. This variant of the programme also provides a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness. Experiencing the differences and similarities of education and people in another culture will increase your confidence and broaden the ways in which you see and relate to the world and the world of work.

You are required to find your own placement with suitable employers and organisations with preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities. If you are taking this variant you are strongly encouraged to take HUM2000 or HUM2001 (Humanities in the Workplace) at stage 2 and must participate in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience Abroad.

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 English, through extended engagement with primary texts and sources, 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 English, through a programme which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex literary and visual sources, and which encourages you to acquire the critical tools necessary to reflect upon their production and reception. Art History & Visual Culture and English will involve you in learning with broad historical coverage, content, and methodology: throughout the programme, you will study a wide range of art, film, literature, architecture, video, performance and digital arts, sculpture, architecture, and illustration.

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 English 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 English, 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

English modules - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/studyinformation/modules/?prog=english

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 English.

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 English modules, 30 credits of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules and 30 credits of optional English modules.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV1011 Questions and Methods in Art History and Visual Culture 30No
EAS1035 Beginnings: English Literature before 1800 30No
HAS1905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

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

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

b select 30 credits from this list of optional English modules; EAS1040 is only available in Term 2 to Combined Honours students.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHVC Stage 1 Combined Hons Option Modules 2024-5 [See note a 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
EAS CH Stage 1 Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
EAS1032 Approaches to Criticism 30 No
EAS1034 Film Studies: An Introduction 15 No
EAS1037 The Novel 15 No
EAS1038 The Poem 15 No
EAS1040 Academic English 15 No
EAS1041 Rethinking Shakespeare 15 No
EAS1042 Write after Reading 30 No
EAS1044 Imagine This: Prompts for Creative Writing 15 No
EAS1045 The Essay: Form and Content 15 No
LIB1105 Being Human in the Modern World 30 No
HUM1001 Enter the Matrix: Digital Perspectives on the Humanities 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory Art History & Visual Culture modules, 30 credits of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules and 60 credits of optional English modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV2015 Art History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning 30No
HAS2905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

Subject to selecting 120 credits overall in the stage, you must:

c select 30 credits from this list of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules.

d select 60 credits from this list of optional English modules. English modules in stage 2 are divided into three groups: Group 1, modules concerned with pre-1750 literature; Group 2, modules concerned with post-1750 literature; Group 3, modules not concerned with a particular historical period. Combined Honours students may not take more than one module from each group.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHVC Stage 2 Option Modules 2024-5 [See note c 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 c above]15No
AHV2007 Contemporary Visual Practices [See note c above]15No
EAS Stage 2 Pre-1750 Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
EAS2026 Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640 30 No
EAS2036 Theatrical Cultures in Early Modern England 30 No
EAS2071 Chaucer and His Contemporaries 30 No
EAS2080 Renaissance and Revolution 30 No
EAS2102 Satire and the City: English Literature 1660-1750 30 No
EAS Stage 2 Post-1750 Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
EAF2502 Shots in the Dark 30 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAS2029 Revolutions and Evolutions 19C Writings 30 No
EAS2103 Modernism and Modernity: Literature 1900-1960 30 No
EAS2104 Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations 30 No
EAS2106 Romanticism 30 No
EAS2116 Empire of Liberty: American Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century 30 No
EAF2511 Television: Times, Trends and Technologies 30 No
EAS Stage 2 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
EAS2031 Creative Writing: Building a Story 30 No
EAS2032 Creative Writing: Making a Poem 30 No
EAS2035 Serious Play: Creative Writing Workshop 30 No
EAS2089 Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future 30 No
EAS2090 Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory 30 No
EAS2113 Culture, Crisis and Ecology in a Postcolonial World 30 No
AHV2018 Comics Studies: Histories, Methodologies, Genres 30 No
HAS2004 Making a Career in Publishing 30 No
LIB2000 Think Tank 15 No

Stage 3


120 credit compulsory placement module

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUM3997 Employment Experience Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4


0-30 credits of compulsory Art History & Visual Culture modules, 0-30 credits of compulsory English modules, 30-60 credits of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules, and 30-60 credits of optional English modules.

 

Compulsory Modules

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

e select a Dissertation in either Art History & Visual Culture or English: AHV3000 or EAS3003 or EAS3122 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV3000 Art History and Visual Culture Dissertation [See note e above]30No
EAS3003 Dissertation [See note e above]30No
EAS3122 Creative Writing Dissertation [See note e above]30No

Optional Modules

f if selecting EAS3003 or EAS3122, select 60 credits from this list of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules.

g if selecting AHV3000, select 60 credits from this list of optional English modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHVC Final Stage Option Modules 2024-5 [See note f 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
EAS Final Stage Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
EAS3128 Writing the Short Film 30 No
EAS3131 Advanced Critical Theory 30 No
EAS3167 James Joyce's Ulysses 30 No
EAS3181 Visual and Literary Cultures of Realism 30 No
EAS3182 Encountering the Other in Medieval Literature 30 No
EAS3191 Writing for Children and Young Adults 30 No
EAS3198 The Death of the Novel 30 No
EAS3219 Virginia Woolf: Fiction, Feeling, Form 30 No
EAS3225 'Reader, I Married Him': The Evolution of Romance Fiction from 1740 to the Present 30 No
EAS3235 American Modern 30 No
EAS3237 The Rise of Science 30 No
EAS3241 Harlem and After: African American Literature 1925-present 30 No
EAS3245 The 21st Century Museum 30 No
EAS3252 Poison, Filth, Trash: Modernism, Censorship and Resistance 30 No
EAS3311 Piracy in Early Modern Literature, 1570-1730 30 No
EAS3408 Poetry and Politics 30 No
EAS3414 Jane Austen: In and Out of Context 30 No
EAS3415 The Development of British Childrens Literature 30 No
EAS3416 Feeling Bodies: Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1500-1700 30 No
EAS3417 Sex, Scandal and Sensation in Victorian Literature 30 No
EAS3419 Writing South Asia 30 No
EAS3420 Staging Space: Dramatic Geography and Audience Experience 30 No
EAS3421 Picturing the Global City: Literature and Visual Culture in the 21st Century 30 No
EAS3502 Shakespeare and Crisis 30 No
EAS3503 Migration, Literature and Culture 30 No
EAS3501 Fiction Matters 30 No
EAS3100 Hardy and Women Who Did: the Coming of Modernity 30 No
EAS3507 Writing Song Lyrics 30 No
EAS3500 American Counterculture in Literature 30 No
EAS3152 Heroes and Exiles: English Poetry of the Age of Beowulf 30 No
EAS3504 Surrealism and its Legacies 30 No
EAS3246 Food and Literature in Early Modern England 30 No
HUM3016 Book Publishing: Principles of Book Commissioning, Editing and Design 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 English as broad subject disciplines
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive character of the descriptive terminology used in Art History & Visual Culture and English
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 & Visual Culture and English
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 & Visual Culture and English

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. Option modules at 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 AHVC modules and reinforced in the range of option modules available at second and final stages.

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 to Art History & Visual Culture and English
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 & Visual Culture and English, 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, seminars, studio-work, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion), and reinforced through the range of option modules across all three stages. They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation

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 8-14 are specifically introduced in the optional stage 2 AHVC modules. These modules ensure that you have a firm grasp of the range of academic skills that are required of you during the programme.

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:

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 & Visual Culture and English options.

 

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules
To progress to Stage 2 you must also achieve an average mark of at least 50% in Stage 1, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the relevant three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience Year are selected.

HUM3997 Employment Experience Abroad counts as a single 120-credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA Art History & Visual Culture and English with Employment Experience Abroad. If you fail the Employment Experience your degree title will be commuted to BA Art History & Visual Culture and English.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Art History & Visual Culture and English have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who is 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 English with Employment Experience Abroad

19. UCAS Code

QV35

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] English

23. Dates

Origin Date

27/07/2017

Date of last revision

29/06/2021