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Accessibility Statement for Art and visual cultures in the modern world (A236)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio/video clips of 5 – 20 minutes (all with transcripts/subtitles); interactive media; and multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Printed materials are only provided for the five module books.

Tuition strategy

This module provides online tutorials. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will have the opportunity to use Open Design Studio at several points in your study of the module and this will enable you to collaborate with other students, for example by sharing images. Online forums will also help you exchange ideas with other students and module authors. 

Practical work


Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of images. One of the aims of the module is to enable you to make critical comparisons between the works of art and texts related to them. One of the learning outcomes for this module is for you to develop your ability to exercise powers of visual discrimination by direct engagement with works of art. Blind and severely partially sighted students who have a background in art history gained whilst usefully sighted will be able to draw upon this experience.

Reproductions of works of art will be available in electronic format. You will be able to magnify these reproductions within the limits of standard computer applications, but no textual descriptions or alternative formats of reproductions will be available and the use of a sighted assistant to interpret the works of art would conflict with the required learning outcome.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online as part of the independent study on the module, both in individual study weeks and also as part of working on the end-of-module assessment (EMA). It may be possible to provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.


This module has five Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system and an End-of-Module Assessment submitted online.


You’ll receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment and your final End-of-Module Assessment.


We structure all University modules to a set timetable and you’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. We’ll support you in developing these skills.

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