All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.
|Managing faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||Department of Theory of Art and Design|
Visual culture involves a critical engagement with all types of visual expression and communication in society, ranging from the traditional fine arts such a painting and sculpture to recent visual media such as photography, advertising, fashion, film, and cyber-culture.
Various approaches are employed to explore the meaning of the visual. Some units emphasise the social and historical understanding of visual images, frequently drawing on the fields of recent gender or cultural studies, theories of ideology or postcolonial theory. Others consider the visual in the light of psychoanalysis or post-structuralism and methods of deconstruction pertinent to the discipline.
Students may complete single units, a major or minor in visual culture towards the core arts component of their arts degree. Honours is also available.
Students wishing to undertake studio based units from the Faculty of Art and Design must obtain written approval from that faculty before enrolling in units.
Students studying a sequence in visual arts must complete the following two units (12 points):
Students studying a minor or major in visual arts must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition: