Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Space, Place and Visual Culture
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Creative Portfolio  10 weekly creative responses with 3,000 words commentary 6000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Creative Portfolio  10 weekly creative responses with 3,000 words commentary 6000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of critical approaches to space and place in a range of visual forms.

Evaluate and synthesize complex ideas drawn from seminars and reading in the composition of conceptual and creative outcomes.

Produce insightful critical analyses of a range of film texts.

Brief description

Firmly rooted in Aberystwyth, but addressing global issues, this module will utilise the local landscape to introduce students to theories of representation relating to space and place. Exploring film and television texts (both documentary and fiction), but also myths, novels, poetry, visual art, postcards and popular music, the module will encourage students to think critically about what it means to represent a place. Through a combination of screenings, seminars and weekly field trips, physically exploring the local landscape will form a core part of the module and will provide students with opportunities to respond creatively and critically to their locatedness in the landscape.


To locate the MA firmly within the landscape of Aberystwyth and Ceredigion
To demonstrate the global resonances of a local space, and the global within the local
To equip students with understanding of concepts relating to space, place and visual culture
To encourage students to respond critically and creatively to these concepts and places.


1. Screening / Seminar: Representation of the Rural: Myth and Idyll

2. Screening / Seminar: Representation of Wales: Place image and Cognitive Maps

3. Screening / Seminar: Representation of Aberystwyth: The Marine Picturesque

4. Screening / Seminar: Water (I): Legend and Myth

5. Screening / Seminar: Water (II): Land loss

6. Screening / Seminar: Landscape (I): The Picturesque and the Sublime

7. Screening / Seminar: Landscape (II): Cynefin, Land & People

8.Screening / Seminar: Local and Global Hinterlands

9. Screening / Seminar: Global Rural

10. Forum and Individual Tutorials

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Students will need to be flexible and demonstrate adaptability during the weekly fieldtrips when responding creatively to new places and space.
Co-ordinating with others Students will work closely with each other in the weekly viewing / workshops and fieldtrips to gain understanding of complex concepts.
Creative Problem Solving The module will develop problem solving skills and will require students to work through conceptual problems and respond to them in a creative fashion.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will develop critical and analytical thinking by responding to concepts introduced on the module.
Digital capability Students will be required to familiarise themselves with Blackboard and its materials. Students will be able to experiment with sound and camera equipment in the weekly fieldtrips.
Professional communication Students will develop their professional communication skills by honing their writing skills week by week in their creative portfolio.
Real world sense The concepts underpinning the module relate to the world and students place within it.
Reflection The module and its assignment will expect students to reflect creatively and critically on the concepts presented.


This module is at CQFW Level 7