Word & Image (Q3286)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Word and Image is a cross-period, interdisciplinary module rooted in materiality (the physical properties of a cultural artefact), 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 in, for example, concrete poetry, illuminated books, and graphic narratives.

Authors and artists studied may include Catherine Anyango, William Blake, Joseph Conrad, the Pre Raphaelites, and Nick Sousanis, and we will trace such key themes as framing, reproducing, and silencing through their work.

The module is suitable for students new to the visual arts as well as those with prior knowledge.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: