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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1015 Elements of Visual Culture II

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Rebecca Starr

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) 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;
- will have been introduced to various ways in which the history and theory of art connect with the actual practice of art;
- 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
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


This module develops students' understanding of the ways in which visual culture conveys and constructs social values, and how visual images are wrapped-up with verbal representations and prior conceptualisations. Students encounter and explore further ways in which 'seeing' is thought.

The module further develops important issues and skills, which include:
- Key themes and concepts: ideology and visual 'rhetoric'; vocabulary of visual description and analysis; theory-dependence of observation, and relation of word and image;
- Analysis of visual, textual and narrative sources;
- Written articulation and conceptual focus.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

185 hours 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
- Registers taken
- Attendance at seminars.

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 2 Handbook for details of 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 2 Handbook.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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