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Art History & Visual Culture
Dr Fabrizio Nevola
Welcome to Art History & Visual Culture at Exeter, and congratulations on gaining an offer of a place to study here! We offer a unique programme, where the past is in dialogue with the present, so that specialised study in any one area is informed by a broad understanding of historical trends.
Our modules equip you with skills and understanding that underpin high-level engagement with art, architecture and visual culture. Our course includes field trips to local collections, London galleries and a field study module to a European city.
A degree is definitely more independent because of having much less contact hours than at school for example. However, as I previously mentioned, the AHVC department is so personable and this means that I can go and see tutors for extra help and guidance where needed. I feel that they are genuinely invested in my degree, and that is obviously very encouraging!
I’m on the Korfball committee and also play for the First Team, and so have lots of training each week which I love; some of the nicest people I have met at university are those I have met at Korfball.
Studying at Exeter has been a brilliant experience, it felt like the right choice from the first open day I visited. Exeter has provided me with access to work experience in the local arts centres and museums, and has given me the opportunity to travel and visit the art we study in class.
Lecturers go above and beyond to provide academic support for students, as do the Wellbeing and Accessibility Services. I have also been able to join a range of academic and social societies, in which I have made friends for life.
It is even better than I expected. My year is a particularly small year group and this has been very rewarding. We know all our lecturers by name, making the teaching very engaging and in some cases personal, which is so different to the experiences of my friends on bigger courses like English and History.
The content is so versatile and interesting, and there are many options even though we are a small department.
Having studied Art History at A-Level, I came to my undergraduate expecting a very traditional course, focusing on old masters, and European works, as my A-Level had. However, the breadth of specialism amongst the lecturers is phenomenal and the size of the course has actually been one of the most enjoyable elements of the degree.
It enables everyone to get to know everybody, if not personally, then at least by name, which fosters a really great environment and makes you feel very comfortable very soon after beginning your university career.
I thoroughly enjoyed my BA at Exeter. The Art History programme was fairly new, so we had the chance to experiment with various modules. The course covered many different time periods.
Personally, I have chosen to specialise in Renaissance art and Literature, the trip to Florence was part of the course which I will never forget. It inspired a research trip which I took in the summer of second year, a trip where I visited many of the incredible cities and towns in northern Italy.