Module Identifier AHM0330  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Ms Moira M Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Belinda J Marking  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar 10 x 2 hr  
  Seminars / Tutorials    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Discussion Paper of 2500 words30%
Semester Assessment Presentation Paper 1500 words20%
Semester Assessment Extended essay 5000 words50%
Supplementary Assessment Only failed components are submitted/re-presented for resit examination.100%

Learning outcomes

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

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.

Reading Lists

Bourdieu, Pierre (1993) The Field of Cultural Production, London, Polity
Connor, Steven (1992) Theory and Cultural Value Oxford, Blackwell
Greenberg, Reesa, Ferguson, Bruce, Nairne, Sandy (1996) Thinking about Exhibitions London, Routledge
Jenks, C (ed), (1995) Visual Culture, London and New York, Routledge
Lord, Peter (1994) Gwenllian: Essays on Visual Culture Llandysul, Gomer,
Lord, Peter, (1992) The Aesthetics of Relevance Llandysul, Gomer
Walker, John and Chaplin, Sarah (1997) Visual Culture: An Introduction Manchester, MUP
Barthes, Roland, (1989) Mythologies, London, Paladin
Becker, Gary (1996) Accounting for Tastes Princeton, Havard University Press
Ashcroft, Bill, Griffiths, Gareth and Tiffin, Helen (1995) The Post-colonial Studies Reader London and New York, Routledge
Mirzoeff, Nicholas (1998) The Visual Culture Reader London, Routledge
Schneider Adams, Laurie (1996) Methodologies of Art, an Introduction Boulder& Oxford, Westview Press
Sherman, Daniel, and Rogoff, Irit (1994) Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles London, Routledge,
Sturken, M & Cartwright, Lisa (2001) Practices of Looking, an Introduction to Visual Culture Oxford, OUP
More specific reading will be required for the preparation of individual presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 7