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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience Abroad Programme codeUFA4SMLEGL02
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part 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 & Visual Culture and Film & Television Studies. It will be of particular interest if your background or interests are in the history of art, creative practice, cinema, television, cultural history, philosophy, sociology, literature or modern languages, and it draws upon interdisciplinary research in visuality across these areas.

The BA Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience Abroad enables you to divide your time equally between two closely related subject areas, and you will benefit from a very wide range of module choices. You will also have access to outstanding resources, including the extensive holdings of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the largest library on the moving image in any British University. Your studies will equip you with the critical tools and vocabulary to analyse them thoughtfully and in depth. You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff with a commitment to research-based teaching from across the College of Humanities.

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.

Film & Television Studies offers the opportunity to study an exciting range of film and television from different periods and international contexts; you will watch films from American, European, and other World cinemas, as well as learning about the trends and technologies of television. You will gain a deep and wide ranging knowledge of film and television as cultural, social, industrial and global phenomena and familiarity with different conceptual and theoretical approaches to them. The range of material studied will equip you to understand the complex histories of these media as well as how important issues of cultural difference are raised through them, giving you the tools and vocabulary to take a questioning attitude to your own media culture. We encourage you to make the most of the facilities available to broaden and enhance your study of film, not just on campus and in the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum but also through the lively film culture (art-house cinema, media facilities) in the city itself.

The programme moves from an initial foundation year towards greater choice and a higher degree of specialisation in the latter years.

From the beginning of your degree you will benefit from a focus on your personal and professional development alongside your academic performance. You will be supported throughout your degree by personal tutoring and a range of study skills and employability training. You will also learn to work flexibly and creatively with others and engage in debate as well as exercising independent thought and judgement whilst becoming an effective independent learner. In the final year, you will study in depth specialist modules and a dissertation in an area of your choice, enabling you to develop expertise in your chosen areas. At the end of three years, you will have acquired a wide and detailed knowledge of Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television. You will also have developed into the sort of independent, self-motivated researcher who is ready for postgraduate study and for a broad range of graduate employment.

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

The programme aims to:

  • involve you in two teaching programmes with broad historical coverage, content, and methodology.
  • engage you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing visual, non-literary, filmic and televisual texts, and to encourage you to acquire the analytical tools necessary for an understanding of these.
  • promote a sense of the complex social, cultural, and institutional interactions between the production and reception of visual, non-literary, filmic and televisual texts and encourage you to acquire the critical tools necessary to reflect upon these interactions.
  • provide an opportunity to engage critically with theoretical perspectives, major debates, and intellectual paradigms in the fields of art history, visual culture, film, and television and to encourage comparative reflection on the shared and contested knowledge produced therein.
  • enable you to understand the historical evolution of key concepts such as authorship, genre, narrative, and language in art history, visual culture, film, and television, and to consider the distinct and shared ways in which these concepts have developed within particular national traditions.
  • encourage you to develop a comparative understanding of the ways in which aesthetic judgements are constructed and aesthetic processes are experienced with regards to art history, visual culture, film and television.
  • provide an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying, whilst encouraging a sense of the distinctive social and cultural importance of in art history, visual culture, film and television.
  • provide a basis for further study in art history, visual culture film, and television or related disciplines, and for teachers of visual media at all levels.
  • develop a range of subject specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual and visual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment and to enable you to develop your career paths through these means.
  • incorporate a work experience placement into your degree programme.

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/modules/

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

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV1011 Questions and Methods in Art History and Visual Culture 30No
EAF1501 Major Debates in Film Theory 30No
EAF1506 Interrogating Screens 30No
HAS1905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

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

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

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV Stage 1 CH Option Modules 2023-4 [See note a above]
AHV1006 Visual Media 15 No
AHV1008 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture I 15 No
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
AHV1005 Inside the Museum 15 No
AHV1009 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture II 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 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 Film Studies 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:

b select 0-30 credits from this list of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules (including HUM2000 and HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace); we recommend selecting at least one module from AHV2002 and AHV2007.

c select 30-60 credits from this list of optional Film Studies modules (including HUM2000 and HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV Stage 2 CH Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
AHV2002 Debates and Contestations in Art History 15 No
AHV2013 Photography and Evidence 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
AHV2007 Contemporary Visual Practices 15 No
AHV2009 The New York Avant-Garde 1955-1980 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
MLF2066 Intimate Spaces of the French Enlightenment 15 No
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15 No
FTVS Stage 2 CH option modules 2023-4 [See note c above]
EAF2500 European Cinemas: Art, Industry, Entertainment 15 No
EAF2502 Shots in the Dark 30 No
EAF2508 Cinescapes: Time, Space and Identity 30 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAF2511 Television: Times, Trends and Technologies 30 No
EAF2512 European Cinemas: Art, Industry, Entertainment 30 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory module.

Compulsory Modules

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

Stage 4


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 Film Studies modules).

Compulsory Modules

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

d select either AHV3000 or EAF3514 or EAF3516 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV3000 Art History and Visual Culture Dissertation [See note d above]30No
FTVS EAF3514-EAF3516 [See note d above]
EAF3514 Film Studies Dissertation 30 No
EAF3516 Creative Film Dissertation 30 No

Optional Modules

e if selecting EAF3514 or EAF3516, select 30-60 credits from this list of optional Art History & Visual Culture modules.

f if selecting AHV3000, select 30-60 credits from this list of optional Film Studies modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
AHV Final Stage CH Option Modules 2023-4 [See note e above]
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
FTVS Final Stage CH option modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
EAF3501 American Independent Film 30 No
EAF3508 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Western Cinema 30 No
EAF3513 British Screens 30 No
EAF3514 Film Studies Dissertation 30 No
EAF3515 Something to See: War and Visual Media 30 No
EAF3516 Creative Film Dissertation 30 No
EAF3518 Queering British Film and Television 30 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
EAF3521 Film Audiences 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. Demonstrate a broadly-based understanding of the coverage, content and methodologies of Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television Studies.
2. Identify, evaluate and appreciate the variety of approaches and critical traditions taken within both disciplines.
3. Describe the role that filmic and televisual texts play in mediating between the individual and society; trace and evaluate key developments and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter.
4. Discuss the particular character of filmic, televisual, visual and art historical texts, and relate with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
5. Explain the literary, cultural, economic and technological contexts in which art, visual media, film and television have been produced and consumed.
6. Appreciate the range and variety of approaches to the study of Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television.
7. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of film, television, art and other visual material; utilise appropriate bibliographical style.

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 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.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, audio-visual and written essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation which can be critical or creative. Essays, exams and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills, 1-7. The assessment criteria pay full recognition to the importance of the various 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 analysis of film, television, art, and other visual material.
9. Articulate knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating to Film & Television, and Art History & Visual Culture.
10. Demonstrate sensitivity to aesthetic and generic conventions and to the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience.
11. Demonstrate responsiveness to the central role of visual media in the creation of meaning, and a sensitivity to the affective power of 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 discipline, 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, with the emphasis becoming more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion), and reinforced through the range of modules across the programme.

They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, written and audio-visual essays, exams, 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:

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 material, 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 methodological and 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 over both short and long timescales.
23. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets.

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, exams, 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 audio-visual and/or written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your 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 the programme. Group presentation assessment brings into focus an important range of skills, 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 22-23 are also accomplished in the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations and end of module exams, which occur through the programme.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must normally achieve an average mark of at least 50% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 50% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue on the Employment Experience programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for Employment Experience, you will be transferred to the three-year programme.

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 Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience Abroad. If you fail the Employment Experience your degree title will be commuted to BA Art History & Visual Culture and Film & Television Studies.

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 in Film & Television Studies have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study who is available at advertised ‘office hours’ (staff changes are likely due to Research Leave etc.). There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their 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.

Programme handbooks and other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php, which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

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 and Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience Abroad

19. UCAS Code

QV39

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Architecture
[Honours] History

23. Dates

Origin Date

12/07/2018

Date of last revision

07/07/2021