Word & Image (Q3286)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Word and Image is a cross-period, interdisciplinary module, rooted in materiality, theory, history and the archive.

Through research and writing practice, we will investigate ways that writing (poetry, fiction, theoretical texts, captions and titles) can address itself to images.

We will explore visual arts that take literature for their inspiration: illustrations, history paintings, and visual adaptations of textual narratives.

We will examine cases in which word and image are composed together as a single work, e.g. concrete poetry, illuminated books, and graphic narratives. The module is suitable for students new to the visual arts as well as those with prior knowledge.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: