University of Technology Sydney

87118 VC Studies: Image Experimentation

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The subject introduces students to the making and analysis of hand and media-generated images with the aim of developing their visual acuity. The lectures explore the technological development and contemporary uses of the image in print, photography, cinematography, animation, interactive multimedia, and the World Wide Web. Theories of semiotics and visual rhetoric are introduced as tools for analysis.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. concept: originate imaginative images demonstrating an increasing level of visual awareness
2. process: process ideas through experimentation, critical reflection and refinement
3. communication:produce communicative and engaging images which effectively convey original concepts
4. synthesis: present research and projects which indicate thought, skill, refinement and sensitivity to media selection, technological processes and professional presentation.

Teaching and learning strategies

Weekly lecture and studio sessions. Theory and practice are closely linked through the structure and content of project briefs and the process of experiential learning. Assessment is based on the presentation of a reflective visual portfolio which requires process visuals and final work to be annotated and summarised so that critical incidents of learning can be identified.

Content (topics)

This subject introduces the diverse applications of hand generated images (including low tech design methods) to translate the perceived world to the visual plane of 2D design. The aim is to develop students’ visual awareness and ability to visually communicate observations, information, and ideas. The basic visual elements of line, shape, colour, form, emphasis, dynamics, sequence and abstraction are explored through practical exercises undertaken in the studio, then analysed both individually and in learning groups. This enables students to become conversant with, and critically aware of, the fundamental principles of visual communication.


Assessment task 1: PROJECT 1: HAIKU

Weight: 50%

Assessment task 2: PROJECT 2: ZINE PROJECT

Weight: 50%

Required texts

Lester, Paul. (2000). Visual Communication: Images with Messages. 2nd ed. USA, Wadsworth.
Morgan, J. ; Welton, P. (1992). See What I Mean, an Introduction to visual communication. 2nd ed.
GB: Edward Arnold, UK.