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Short Learning Programme
Art History and Visual Culture
A need was identified in the market for a short learning programme in art history and visual culture that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to analyse, interpret, evaluate and ultimately understand and appreciate art periods, art movements and other cultural practices related to the visual arts from a global and local inclusive perspective.

Purpose of the course:

After succesful completion of this Short Learning Programme participants will have the knowledge and insight to develop the skills required to understand and appreciate art history and visual culture from a global and local inclusive perspective.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

For outcome 1:

Upon successful completion of this short learning programme, participants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • the ability to show an informed understanding of the key concepts, principles, rules and theories of art history and visual culture as pertaining to Western art history (Module 1), art history in an inclusive and global context (Module 2), African art history (Module 3), and contemporary art, visual culture, and plurality produced in the postmodern paradigm (Module 4).
  • the ability to select and apply the appropriate various methods of analysis and perspectives in the interpretive analysis and evaluation of art periods, art movements, artistic cultural practices and its subsequent works of art.

Paricipants must be able to define key concepts of art history and visual culture; discuss and apply standard principles and rules relating to art history and visual culture; distinguish and critically explain different theories relating to various aspects of art history and visual culture delt with.

For outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate perspectives and methods of analysis to analyse, interpret and evaluate works from various art periods, art movements, artistic cultural practices and its subsequent works of art.


It should be noted that participants are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenter (see method of assessment for breakdown of assessment). Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing a NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol. The final assessments of this short learning programme are to be moderated.
Method of assessment: 
Upon completion of each module participants are to hand in a short written essay based on given aspects of the particular module.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Working adults living in Potchefstroom or surrounding areas, local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
(018) 299 4094