I loved this course and the tutors and the other students. Other students have described what the course was like, so I will not repeat. As a retired old lady, I found the long days tiring, but managed to keep up with the others, and slept like a log at night. The accommodation was comfortable, and I was relieved to find I had my own little bathroom inside my room instead of having to share.
For my two essays I chose pictures I had never seen before, and learned a lot from analysing and researching them. I was very happy to get a high score, my best ever, for this course.
Course starting: May 2013
Review posted: February 2014
Although its title is "..Residential" there is an essay to do before arriving and a graded 2000 word essay to complete afterwards. The main body of the course is a series of visits and seminars with experts in their field who are also enthusiastic and frequently inspiring. Covering historical periods from medieval to modern, and also World Art, there is ample scope to choose your own interest; but for me the greatest benefit was having my horizons widened to include areas I previously knew less about. There is a strong emphasis on context, both of production of art works and their display. Demanding and worthwhile!
Graham Charles Dane
Course starting: May 2013
Review posted: January 2014
I absolutely loved this residential course. The OU tutors worked their socks off to provide us with a really interesting week. There is a different gallery visit - with a REAL expert - each day, plus lectures and seminars when you are back at base at Queen Mary College.
You have to complete a short assignment [not graded] before the course and you also have to participate in a group presentation [not graded] on the final day. My group of three did a version of the South Bank Show. We looked at the issue of where works of art truly belong - in their original country, or elsewhere. Then after the course you write a 2,000 word assignment [graded], comparing and contrasting two works of art, one of which must be on the OU's list of works of art seen on the gallery visit. I compared one of the Parthenon marbles with a Henry Moore sculpture. The mark you get for this assignment is the mark for the course.
Everything about this course was good. It is a fantastic bargain for its very modest fee. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in art.
Course starting: May 2008
Review posted: December 2008
This was fun! A superbly organised course, with great teaching sessions. The guided tours of the Galleries were a real treat. I came to this course with no previous formal study of Art History, but the preparatory reading materials were excellent. HIGHLY recommended - I would so love to do it again!
Course starting: May 2007
Review posted: July 2008
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The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the May 2011 presentation of AXR272. The survey was carried out in 2011. 49.6% of our students responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module. See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.
|Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module||88.1 %|
|Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience||84.7 %|
|The module provided good value for money||72.9 %|
|I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module||81.4 %|
|Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module||79.7 %|
|The module met its stated learning outcomes||74.6 %|
|I would recommend this module to other students||89.8 %|
|The module met my expectations||86.4 %|
|I enjoyed studying this module||93.2 %|
|Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module||6.3 %|
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