Art History and Visual Culture Field Study for Blended Learning (AHV2015)

30 credits

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.