The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course deals with the specific nature of the visual as a form of representation and communication. This course provides an investigation of the theoretical frameworks that can be applied in studies of visual art and art history.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary theories related to the perception and interpretation of visual images

2. Demonstrate skills in visual analysis

3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of sophistication of contemporary visualisation


The following themes will be developed:

  • Connoisseurship and style
  • Aesthericism
  • Feminism, gender and the body
  • Iconology and icongraphy
  • Marxist and sociological perspectives
  • Semiotic analysis
  • The digital image
  • Deconstruction
  • Psychoanalysis and perception
  • Visual culture vs art history


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 60 units at the 1000 level.

Students must have successfully completed 60 units at 1000 level to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

AART1100 and AART1110

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Visual Image Analysis Essay Plan - 20%

Written Assignment: Visual Analysis Slide Test - 30%

Essay: Visual Image Analysis - 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term