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ARTD3061 Visual Culture (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the University of Southampton undergraduate programmes taught at Dalian Polytechnic University. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • contemporary critical contexts relevant to the scope of your programme of study
  • concepts and examples of contemporary art and design practice related to your subject
  • how to apply textual and visual comprehension and analysis in both verbal and written forms
  • how to apply informed, critical visual analysis to your own practice and the development of your ideas
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • utilise different perspectives on the relationships between context, theory and your own practice;
  • develop and sustain your own standpoint in relation to debates in art and design.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • sustain an informed argument using a clear, coherent structure in a written form;
  • demonstrate excellent time management;
  • communicate a theory effectively through writing and oral means;
  • demonstrate awareness of global contexts.


This module aims to build on and extend knowledge gained from Introduction to Visual Culture in Part Two. This module will extend the opportunities for you to advance and develop your ability to critically reflect upon contemporary concepts and practices and actively engage with the use of visual and textual analysis. Lectures will be used to convey representations and information on the contemporary scene of art and design. Seminars, workshops and group discussions will allow more detailed examination of particular themes and sources. . Directed and self-directed study will enable you to focus on case studies and to develop your comprehension and analysis.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures • seminars • field trip • tutorials Learning activities include: • lectures • seminars • group discussion • peer group learning • field trip Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to investigate, question and analyse the nature of contemporary practice, its theory. Feedback on your progress and development will be given by group discussions, seminars and tutorials. Informal feedback will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. The formal assessment will be by a written evaluation that demonstrates how a chosen art or design practice expresses cultural values. This will be supported an annotated collection of reference material. This assignment is a culmination of your study in visual culture and should demonstrate an advanced and sophisticated competence in locating your practice within a defined theoretical and contextual framework. This module’s learning and teaching methods are designed to help you broaden your understanding and explore creative possibilities within practice. By studying independently you will learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions. In this module outcomes of independent study will be discussed in seminars. Student-led sessions are intended to extend debate around material from lectures, seminars. These sessions, in combination with tutorials, allow you to develop your understanding of the knowledge and methods you have explored in this module. They also help you to evaluate your thinking, practical and transferable skills. Preparatory and on-going reading enables you to situate your work within existing literature and frameworks.

Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice30
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Wood P edited by Harrison C (1992). Art in theory 1900-2000: an anthology of changing ideas. 

McEvilley t (1996). Capacity: history, the world, and the self in contemporary art criticism. 

Benhabib Sevla (1992). Situating the self: gender, community and postmodernism in contemporary ethics. 

Marí B and Schaeffer Jean-Marie Eds (1998). Think art: theory and practice in the art of today. 

Carroll D, Ed (1990). The States of theory: history, art and critical discourse. 

Danto, Arthur C (1998). The wake of art: criticism, philosophy, and the ends of taste. 

Kocur (Z) & Leung (S). Eds. (2004). Theory in contemporary art: from 1985 to the present. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2000 words) 60%
Supporting portfolio  (1500 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 60%
Supporting portfolio 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2000 words) 60%
Supporting portfolio  (1500 words) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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