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Accessibility Statement for Art and its critical histories (A336)

Mode of study

Much of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio/video clips of up to 15 minutes (all with transcripts/subtitles); diagrams; interactive media; and at least one multiple-choice quiz. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

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

Working with others

You’ll be encouraged to work with other students but this will not be assessed. This includes looking at, and commenting on, others’ work; reflecting on others’ comments on your 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 will be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online material, and we assess this. We can provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module. You will be asked to find digital images of art works for assessment including for your dissertation project.

Specialist reading material

In this module, you’ll be working with specialist reading material such as works of art. We’ll present these online/in printed form/via a third party online/via third-party printed material.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which you must submit online via the OU electronic TMA system. In one TMA you are encouraged to visit an art gallery or heritage site in order to write a review although this is not group work.


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. You will receive interim feedback for an early stage of your dissertation, submitted as a TMA.


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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