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ARTF1014 Elements of Visual Culture I

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Rebecca Starr

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students should be able to recognise and be cognisant of a range of contested ideas about the artist, art, and the history of art. Students will have been introduced to various ways in which the history and theory of art connect with the actual practice of art.

Students should also have developed skills of close-reading texts (visual and verbal) and of theorising visual art and culture with a view to enhancing their own self-directed learning.

Skills outcomes
- Participation in group discussions
- Cordination and dissemination of a range of historical,
- Contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


This module introduces students to the ways in which visual culture conveys and constructs social values, and how visual images are wrapped-up with verbal representations. Students encounter and explore a number of ways in which 'seeing' is thought.

The module introduces students to important issues and skills, which include:
- Key themes and concepts: figure of the artist (authorship, individuality, genius), role of the spectator, ideology
- Analysis of visual, textual and narrative sources
- Written articulation and conceptual focus.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours184.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

184.0 directed reading, exercises and preparation of portfolio of writings.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Regular written exercises and projects which form the basis of seminar workshops
- Oral explications of set readings and contributions to class discussion
- Registers taken
- Attendance at tutorials and lectures.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio of short written and analytical exercises100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Portfolio of short written and analytical exercises: these exercises are produced over the course of the module and form the basis of discussion for weekly seminar workshops. See EVC Handbook for individual deadlines. It is compulsory to submit all formative and summative assignments in order to pass the module overall. More details can be found in the EVC 1 Handbook.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:22:36


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