AHV2015 - Art History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning

2022/3 Module description

StaffProfessor Fabrizio Nevola - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 5 weeks;

Module description

The Art History and Visual Culture field study is an essential part of your degree programme at Exeter. The details presented here take account of likely teaching and travel restrictions in 2020-21 and combine largely online delivery in terms 1 and 2 with in-person participation in a field trip in term 3.  

The trip is an intensive one-week study visit to a location in continental Europe. During the visit you will participate in a range of staff-guided and self-managed visit options, including architectural/urban studies, visits to permanent galleries/museums and temporary exhibitions. 

The module provides an opportunity to develop and apply research skills in virtual and real world environments and to view a variety of museums and objects arising from  a single urban environment. It normally consists of three parts: 

  1. Thematic and Methodological Approaches to Field Study, involving preparatory work on field study journals and reflective study of the exhibition, space and urban environments 

  1. Applied gorupwork analysis, developing overarching themes identified in term 1 work 

  1. Field study: the trip itself, which lasts 5-6 days and consists of a series of staff-led days and individual/group project exercises. A field study journal is written up during the trip. 

Teaching in terms 1 and 2 will involve a mix of lectures, projects and self-directed study that provide you with the necessary background information to successfully undertake the field class. Work in term 1 will culminate in an essay.  

Workshops will include group project work, culminating in group presentations (term 2). In term 3, the field trip will be accompanied by completion of a field journal, completed and submitted in week 4.  

This is a compulsory core module for all Art History and Visual Culture SH, CH and FCH students. No other students may take this module. 

Module aims

The field trip has three main aims: 

  • To gain an understanding of how art history and visual culture function in location-specific contexts, through lecturer-led visits, and student-focused presentations. 

  • To provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through lecture-based modules to virtual and 'real-world' study in an intensive and continuous way. 

  • To provide further in-depth training that will contribute to your independent research dissertations building on skills developed in stage one. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of art, visual culture and museum culture of a European city.
  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of urban/cultural identity.
  • 3. Demonstrate familiarity with the history of various forms of cultural expression in the context of a European city: art and architecture, urban design, tourism, museum studies.
  • 4. Identify/formulate and evaluate questions or problems with limited guidance.
  • 5. Discuss specific case studies and examples relevant to specific themes relating to the fieldclass (e.g. museum studies, issues of patronage, context, visual media and representation)

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Identify a diverse range of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding.
  • 7. Explain the significance of spatial relationships of architecture, sculpture and art in the built ?environment.
  • 8. Conduct your own research and prepare a good argument both in verbal discussion and in written assignments.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means.
  • 10. Explore available resources to find useful texts and materials.
  • 11. Undertake independent/self-directed study/learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment,
  • 12. Gain a competence in presenting and speaking in a public place about works of art and/or visual culture.

Syllabus plan

Details of specific locations, activities, and content of the fieldtrips will be issued during the previous term. 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities before the field study trip18Workshops and lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities before the field study trip16Lectures during field-class
Scheduled learning and teaching activities before the field study trip6Field activities and group-work during field-class
Guided independent study`252Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group work topic document 500 words 1-10 Collective, verbal
Mini essay 750 words 1-10 Individual, written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual field diary 301000 words + field diary (a full pdf scan of your diary and 1000 words text commentary) 1-9 Written
Essay 402500 word essay 1-10 Written
Group project presentation 2020 minutes (approx.. 5 mins per student) 1-10 Oral and written
Engagement & participation 105 short reflective submissions 1-10 oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual field diary Individual field diary 1-9 Referral/deferral period
Summary of Presentation contribution Summary of Presentation contribution 1-10 Referral/deferral period
Essay Essay 1-10 Referral/deferral period
Engagement & participation Repeat study / mitigation 1-10 Referral/deferral period

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Reading lists appropriate to each fieldtrip will be issued during the previous term through ELE. 

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date


Key words search

Art History, Visual Culture  

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