FAMSV-International Study Visit

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Robert Garnett

Email: r.garnett@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module involves a week long supervised study trip to a major European art centre. Students see and experience contemporary art at first hand and also benefit from the knowledge and expertise of accompanying academic staff. Recent centres have included Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, Cologne, Paris and Venice.

This module aims to give students the opportunity to study art in situ, because first-hand experience of works of art is an essential part of history of art as a discipline. The course aims to promote awareness of the qualities of art and architecture that slides and illustrations cannot convey - size, space, texture, interrelationship of parts, lighting and environment etc.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- carry out an effective independent visual analysis of works of art and architecture they have inspected at first hand
- appreciate the variety of circumstances and conditions under which art and architecture are produced and consumed and be able to relate this to the particular characteristics of the works studied
- form arguments about the function of art from differing periods
- form considered points of view on the culture and environment of a major European artistic centre
- access and use information on such things as materials, techniques, patronage, and national schools independently
- organize material into effective and coherent written arguments

Additional outcomes:
This module promotes the development of visual and research skills. Library resources are used as well as IT skills to access data. There are some opportunities for foreign language practice.

Outline content:
The study trip abroad lasts 7 days and normally takes place at the end of the Spring term. A major artistic centre abroad is chosen and students visit museums, galleries and collections according to a programme devised and organised by staff. Staff-led tours and prescribed independent visits orientate the visit.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Preliminary lectures in Reading prior to going abroad. While abroad the most important visits are compulsory and take the form of tutor-led presentations and discussions in museums and galleries. Students also attend a specified number of optional guided visits and are expected to carry out a number of tasks on their own initiative for which written guidance and instructions are given.
Students should budget £400 to cover the costs of travel and accommodation as well as a daily maintenance rate of £30-40.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2
External visits 48
Guided independent study 150
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
If a student has participated in the study trip, and failed coursework, these elements must be resubmitted August/September. If a student has failed to participate in the study trip for good reason, they must submit adequate documentation of their circumstances and alternative assessment arrangements will be made.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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