Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Art and Visual Culture (B)
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar presentation (25%)  25%
Semester Assessment Illustrated essay (3000 words) (75%)  75%
Supplementary Assessment As above  100%

Brief description

The module offers a discussion and study forum for the first semester of the MA in Fine Art in the School of Art. It sets the practice of contemporary art and writing about art in the context of concepts of visual culture. It enables students to consider debates in cultural theory in relation to aspects of visual art. Key topics include the concepts of visual culture, material culture, personal and national identity, production and consumption, new technology, and contemporary exhibiting and institutional structures. The module is student-centred: each student gives one presentation, of around 20 minutes on an agreed topic to the seminar group during the course in addition to the other assessed work outlined in Section D:4, below.


The module aims to:
1 encourage an understanding of contemporary art in its wider cultural contexts
2 afford an opportunity to students to consider their own art practice in relation to these contexts
3 simulate research and reading in critical literature on contemporary art
4 stimulate informed discussion of art theory
5 encourage the development of oral presentation skills
6 encourage written discussion of visual art and theory


Module programme:

Art/Visual Culture






Artworld/Art Market


Practical Theories/Theorised Praxis

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills On completion of this module, students should be able to: 1 situate the practices of contemporary art in wider cultural contexts 2 consider their own art practice in relation to these contexts 3 discuss key ideas in an informed way through an acquaintance with recent and formative literature 4 present images and offer informed arguments and interpretations using Powerpoint and/or other presentational methods 5 formulate discussions about visual art and theory in written texts accompanied by suitable research apparatus
Subject Specific Skills
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 7