Module Identifier AHM0330  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Ms Moira M Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. 11 x 2 hr  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Tutorial. 3 x 1 hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Course Work:  100%

Brief description

Module   AHM0330

Module Title   Art and Visual Culture

Academic Year 2002-3

Course Co-ordinator Moira Vincentelli

Other Staff

Semester 1

Course 10 2-hour seminars

Assessment Discussion Paper (2500 word) 30%
Presentation Paper (1500 words) 20%
Extended essay (5000 words) 50%
Supplementary Examinations: Only failed components are submitted/re-presented for resit examination

Brief description
The module provides an overview of a significant expansion and redefinition of the scope of visual study, theory, and history that has taken place in the last two decades. It sets the practice of art and writing about art in the context of a concept of visual culture. It enables students to consider debates in cultural theory in relation to aspects of visual art. While dealing with the broad themes classes will also consider the work of selected artists, for example Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, Yinka Shonibare. Key topics include the concepts of visual culture, material culture, personal and national identity, production and consumption, new technology, and institutional structures. There will be set reading for each class. Each student is expected to make two class presentations on different topics and to submit an extended essay applying issues raised on the course to an art historical topic of personal interest. The presentations each have associated written work, in one case a short discussion piece to accompany the class, in the other a longer piece to be written up incorporating class response.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to situate their own work, whether in Art History or Art Practice, in the wider context of contemporary culture.
understand the concept of visual culture and its implications for the study of fine art and art history
understand and discuss theoretical texts within a group context, and present ideas about art and visual culture formally to the class and in writing.

Short Bibliography
Set Text

Additional general texts
Ashcroft, Bill, Griffiths, Gareth and Tiffin, Helen, The Post-colonial Studies Reader, London and New York, Routledge, 1995
Barthes, Roland, Mythologies, London, Paladin, 1989.
Becker, Gary, Accounting for Tastes, Princeton, Havard University Press, 1996
Bourdieu, Pierre, The Field of Cultural Production, London, Polity, 1993
Connor, Steven, Theory and Cultural Value, Oxford, Blackwell, 1992
Greenberg, Reesa, Ferguson, Bruce, Nairne, Sandy, Thinking about Exhibitions, London, Routledge, 1996
Jenks, C (ed), Visual Culture, London and New York, Routledge, 1995
Lord, Peter, Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture, Llandysul, Gomer, 1994
Lord, Peter, The Aesthetics of Relevance, Llandysul, Gomer, 1992
Mirzoeff, Nicholas The Visual Culture Reader,London, Routledge, 1998
Schneider Adams, Laurie Methodologies of Art, an Introduction Boulder& Oxford, Westview Press, 1996
Sherman, Daniel, and Rogoff, Irit, Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles, London, Routledge, 1994
Sturken, M & Cartwright, Lisa Practices of Looking, an Introduction to Visual Culture, Oxford, OUP, 2001

Specialised Texts
More specific reading will be required for the preparation of individual presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 7