The aim of this course is to encourage students to engage with different theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting images. It will cover a wide range of primarily western theories of the image including marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, and phenomenology. It also deals with the culture industry, film, the televisual and with recent theories of technology. Students will be encouraged to think about how the various different interpretative methods addressed in the course might relate to their studio.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting images in visual art discourse.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify relevant theoretical and historical frameworks and apply them to contemporary visual art discourse and to your own studio practice.
- Present written and oral arguments which are reasoned, structured and coherent.
Indicative Assessment1000 word written assignment (25%)
2500 word essay (45%)
8 minute tutorial presentation (20%)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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