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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1300 Ways of Seeing

20 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr Rebecca Starr

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Taking the ‘ways of seeing’ as its starting point, this module considers the assumptions about art that may appear ‘natural’, obvious or unquestionable. The module explores how visual culture conveys and constructs social values. Through its guided-learning resources and exercises, seminar discussions and skills workshops, the module introduces independent learning, critical thinking, visual analysis, attentive reading, and reflective writing.


This module introduces the ‘ways of seeing’ art and visual culture.

You acquire a foundational understanding of various ‘ways of seeing’; their underpinning assumptions; and how artworks and their viewers relate. You will also develop an understanding of contested ideas about art, the artist and visual culture, and the relevance of earlier critical ideas for today’s context, and how they can be evaluated.

The module establishes skills in looking, reading, discussing, writing, and visual-thinking. Through your engagements with the module’s guided-learning and exercises, seminar discussions and workshops, you establish skills needed for undergraduate study of art: independent learning; critical thinking; visual analysis; attentive reading; and how to articulate your ideas in reflective writing.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
1. Recognise the key cultural concepts that underpin our ‘ways of seeing’.
2. Independently carry out critical analysis and attentive reading of visual and verbal texts.
3. Evaluate examples of visual culture in their social context.
4. Respond critically to visual and verbal texts through reflective writing.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
5. Recognise and express knowledge and understanding and how it relates to personal experience and to demonstrate learning and growth from the experience.
6. Think critically by developing the ability to weigh up different arguments and perspectives, using supporting evidence to form opinions, arguments, theories and ideas.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours177.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are offered opportunities for formative feedback at the following points of the module:
Weekly: during seminars with seminar assistants providing feedback on student ideas verbally.
Development Week: students have opportunity to receive formative written feedback on their early-stage coursework.
Week 11: students can use this seminar to discuss and receive verbal feedback on their plans for the end-of-term essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentIntroduction to critical reflections and visual thinking technique, developed in relation to weekly class themes + experience of sustained exercise in reflective writing100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:10:27


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