University of Technology Sydney

87100 VC Design Theory: Critical Approaches to Visual Culture

6cp; 3hpw: 1hpw (lecture, on campus), 2hpw (studio, on campus)
Requisite(s): 87631c VC Design Studio: The Politics of Image and Text
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This subject provides a framework for understanding the techniques and technologies of visual culture. The subject investigates major theories of the image, both historical and contemporary. The subject examines ways that visual culture can be contextualised and critically examined, enabling students to place their own design practices, as well as giving them the tools to analyse and respond to the work of other practitioners. Through lectures and tutorials, students investigate historical and emerging discourses that bear on visual culture. This includes discussions of what an image is and the media environments in which images appear within visual culture, from Renaissance painting to photography, television to digital networks.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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