Analysis of the Visual Image

Course code AART3110Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Presents an investigation of the specific nature of the visual image as a form of representation and communication. To give coherence to the diverse theoretical source material presented, this study will follow the broad theme of the relationship between words and pictures, with emphasis on the debate over the conventional versus the natural image. A degree of specialisation is encouraged across the scope of painting, prints, photography, popular imagery and the digital image. Web delivery option.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will:

(1) acquire an understanding of contemporary theories related to the perception and interpretation of visual images;

(2) gain skills in visual analysis;

(3) develop a critical awareness of the sophistication of contemporary visualisation.
ContentThe following broad themes or topics will be developed:

1. Natural versus Conventional image;

2. Perception and perspective;

3. Semiotic analysis of visual images;

4. The special case of the photograph;

5. Ideology and images;

6. Iconology and Iconography;

7. Engendered images;

8. Racial images;

9. The digital image;

10. Ownership of images.
TransitionNot a replacement course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEquivalent to 20 units of 1000 level Art Theory courses.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments70% Essay 3,500 words in length.
Presentations - Individual30% Seminar Presentation(twenty minutes in length)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term