Art History & Visual Culture: New students

Welcome message from Professor David Jones

Welcome to Art History & Visual Culture at Exeter!

Our exciting programmes will introduce you to a distinctive, innovative field of study, as well as providing a thorough training in the main themes and approaches. You will learn about the media, techniques, and historical contexts relevant to the production of these works, the languages used to describe and evaluate them, and the institutions that present them to the public. We encourage students to take risks in their thinking, while guiding them toward critical depth and rigour. My colleagues and I look forward to meeting you soon, as we embark together on this intellectual adventure.

Professor David Jones
Chair and Progamme Director of Art History & Visual Culture 

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Before you get here you'll need to register with the university, activate your university IT account and select optional modules if they are available to you. You will need to have chosen your modules by Friday 13 September 2019 and you will not be able to access your entire timetable until your module choices are confirmed. For more information about the above please use the links at the bottom of this webpage.

For more information about this please see our 'Joining instructions'.

Freshers’ Week 2019: Monday 16 September – Sunday 22 September

All students are expected to be on campus by Monday 16 September at the latest.

If there is any reason why you may not be here by this date, please get in contact with the Queen's Hub Team, who support Art History & Visual Culture students, as soon as possible by emailing ahvc@exeter.ac.uk.

During Freshers' Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s.

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions. If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Freshers' Week timetable please contact ahvc@exeter.ac.uk. If you have a clash between talks you should attend the talk for your first named subject e.g. for AHVC and English, you should attend AHVC as it is named first. Your Academic Tutor for the other department will be able to advise you on what information you missed.

Academic induction timetable

Academic Induction timetable for new undergraduate students studying Art History & Visual Culture

Date

Start

Finish

Details

Location

Tuesday 17 September
11:00 12:30 Art History & Visual Culture Welcome Meeting (for all SH and CH AHVC students, plus any FCH student taking AHVC) Queens LT4.2
Tuesday 17 September 14:30 17:30 Artistic Orientation Tour ending with a Cream Tea at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Meet in front of the Cathedral Main Entrance
Thursday 19 September 10:00 12:00 Academic Tutor Meeting Old Library Room 134

If you are a Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours student please ensure you view the New Students information for all your subjects since each will have its own Academic Induction information and timetable. 

College of Humanities

Flexible Combined Honours

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Arab and Islamic Studies; Law; Politics; Sociology; Philosophy and/or Anthropology

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Biosciences; Geography; Psychology; Sport and Health Sciences

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Computer Science; Engineering; Geology; Mathematics; Medical Imaging; Natural Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; and Renewable Energy

College of Medicine and Health

Medical Sciences; Medicine

The Business School

Accounting and Finance; Economics; Business; Management; Leadership; Marketing; and Tourism

Joining instructions

We're keeping things simple and would recommend that you dip into the two books below. We also encourage you to see some exhibitions and visit some museums of the summer. First-hand experience with works of art and visual culture is important. We suggest the following books:-

  • Arnold, Dana. 2004. Art History - a very short introduction, Oxford University Press
  • Mirzoeff, Nicholas 2016. How to See the World, Pelican

Choosing your modules using the Online Module Selection System

First you will need to register with the university and activate your university IT account. To find out how to do this use the links in the tabs below for the 'Before you arrive' section of the New Students’ website. Once you have activated your university IT account you will have access to iExeter, the student portal. You should find the Online Module Selection System by clicking on the 'Student Record' tab and then by following the instructions.

For some programmes where your first year of study includes either optional modules and/or the need to select between specific core modules, you must make your Year 1 module choice between Wednesday 28 August and Friday 13 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Friday 13 September module availability may be restricted within your discipline/s. Please contact us if, for any reason, you have not been able to make your module choices by this date.

The University of Exeter values the ability for students to have the opportunity for open module choice where academically feasible. However, it may be the case that some module choices may not be compatible for scheduling purposes and students will be asked to re-choose to avoid clashes.

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead discipline for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title. For example, BA Archaeology and Anthropology is led by the Archaeology department; BA Philosophy and Theology is led by the Philosophy department. (Please see the ‘Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours Students’ link above for more information).

 

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Advanced via the Foreign Language Centre in:

• French
• German
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Mandarin Chinese
• Russian
• Spanish
• British Sign Language

We can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title. This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Foreign Language Centre. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one. For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish.

If you are not able to take a language as part of your programme due to timetabling constraints, or if you are interested in studying a language that is not currently available via modularity, our Foreign Language Centre also runs an Evening Language Programme with many more language options.

To find out more about language modules and other languages offered by different departments see the Foreign Language Centre pages.