FP3304 - Visual Culture: History and Society


Visual Culture: History and Society


20 CC   10 ECTS

Centre for Foundation Studies


Tutor contact: 60 hours

Self directed study: 140 hours

Lectures, seminars, workshops

Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
60 0 140

Students are expected to attend all timetabled classes.


  • Introduction to semiotics and visual language
  • Emerging trends: environment and interiors
  • The birth and evolution of cinema
  • The human commodity: advertising, celebrity and reality television
  • Introduction to postmodernism and popular art
  • Photography as social commentary
  • The internet and digital spaces


1. To develop students' understanding of western civilization through an understanding of that civilization's visual texts.

2. To develop students' abilities to communicate orally, visually and through academic writing.

3. To develop students' interpretative abilities through the promotion of skills of visual interpretation.



Lectures and seminars accompanied by debate, practical group work, and presentations. Formative assessment will be ongoing and will comprise activities that enable a student to appraise their own learning and guide them towards the development of self-study.

LO1 Demonstrate essential skills in the interpretation of visual texts.

LO2 Communicate orally and visually knowledge of key concepts in the history of visual culture.

LO3 Express in academic written form an understanding of the relationships between visual culture and its social and historical contexts.

LO4 Demonstrate research skills for study within the arts and media subject areas.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Patchwork (1500 words and presentation)100%1, 2 3 and 4Coursework

The assessment will include four 'patches', including 3 x 500 word written elements and one 15 minute presentation, to be developed during the course of the module.
Patchwork reassessment (1500 words and a 15 minute presentation).

Bentkowska-Kafel, A., & Gardiner, H. (2009). Digital visual culture: Theory and practice. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com

Charles, A. (2014). Interactivity: New Media, Politics and Society (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang

Edwards, S. & Wood, P. (2013). Art & visual culture, 1850-2010: modernity to globalisation. London. Tate Publishing in association with The Open University.

Farthing, S. (2010). Art: The Whole Story. London, UK: Thames & Hudson

Haxall, D. (2018). Picturing the beautiful game: a history of soccer in visual culture and art. New York. Bloomsbury Visual Arts.

McLuhan, M. (2001). Understanding Media. Abingdon: Routledge

Sarmento, C. (2014). Popular and visual culture: Design, circulation and consumption. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Stam, R. (1999). Film Theory: An Introduction. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell

http://www.ijdesign.org The International Journal of Design

http://www.newdesignmagazine.co.uk/ New Design Magazine

Lucy Irvine

Centre for Foundation Studies

Validation Panel for the Foundation Certificate in Creative Arts

Wed, 04 Nov 2015

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