Course aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria

This is the first post in this blog and simply outlines the course aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria.  I need to continually review my progress against this.

The aim of this course is to help you:

  • Gain a working knowledge of key terms of theory
  • Understand the relationship between art and visual culture
  • Debate critical issues around Modernism
  • Research and communicate relevant topics
  • Evaluate arguments in light of selected theories


On successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a degree of fluency with selected theories
  • Debate the autonomy of art
  • Explain the concept of ‘difference’ in contemporary theory
  • Exercise critical thinking across a range of arguments
  • Research and discuss key examples of visual culture


I must consider how each of the assignments demonstrate evidence of each criterion below – this will be included in a self evaluation published prior to submitting each assessment.

  • Demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding
    Broad and comparative understanding of subject content, knowledge of the appropriate historical, intellectual, cultural or institutional contexts.
  • Demonstration of research skills
    Information retrieval and organisation, use of IT to assist research, ability to evaluate IT sources, the ability to design and carry out a research project, locate and evaluate evidence from a wide range of primary and secondary sources (visual, oral, aural or textual).
  • Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills
    Engagement with concepts, values and debates, evidence of analysis, reflection, critical thinking, synthesis, interpretation in relation to relevant issues and enquiries.
  • Communication
    The ability to communicate ideas and knowledge in written and spoken form, including presentation skills.



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