Introduces students to the critical, art-historical and aesthetic theories that are central to visual culture. Visual languages associated with modernism and postmodernism will be examined from a contemporary perspective, with emphasis on the ideological structures behind historical narratives, and on key socio-political issues that have shaped an understanding of visual practice.
1. Art history vs visual culture
2. Intro to semiotics
3. What is Contemporary Art?
4. Art and Popular Culture
5. Overview of modernism and postmodernism
6. Thinking images
7. Essay writing skills and critical thinking
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate a willingness to apply analytical knowledge of visual culture issues to focused writing, and verbal discussion.||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|2||recognise the contexts and dynamic processes in the production and analysis of visual culture.||Intellectual rigour|
|3||demonstrate basic visual literacy by using analytical conventions when interpreting visual phenomena.||Intellectual rigour|
|4||demonstrate a sound understanding of core themes in modern, postmodern and contemporary art.||Intellectual rigour||Cultural competence|
|5||demonstrate basic information literacy skills including summarising information, comprehension of relevant terminology and basic research and citation skills.||Communication and social skills|
|6||locate their own practices within historical contexts.||Cultural competence|
|7||identify key contemporary debates in visual art and culture.||Intellectual rigour|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.