ART AND VISUAL CULTURE A

VPA1VCA

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Visual cultures may span art works, design works and film and TV, as well as other visual forms including advertising and the internet. In the process of analysing visual culture we turn to a wide range of criticism and theory including cultural theory, art/design history as well as philosophy. Students present a seminar, write an essay and produce an assessable journal that records process, development and outcomes. In the lectures we look at key themes relating to contemporary art and design practice through examining works by practitioners. Assessment and feedback sessions provide students with the critical skills to evaluate the outcomes.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorElliot Howard

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings'Death of the Author' in Image Music TextPrescribedBarthes, Roland, essays selected and translated by Stephen Heath, 1977LONDON: FONTANA
Readings'Interview with Lucienne Roberts', 2005, p100PrescribedExperimental JetsetN/A
Readings'Of Other Spaces'PrescribedFoucault, Michel, translated by Jay MiskowiecDIACRITICS, VOL. 16, NO. 1. (SPRING, 1986), P22-27
Readings'Royal College of Art discussion with David Blamey', 2006, p188PrescribedM/M (Michael Amzalag, Mathias Augustyniak)N/A
Readings'Sculpture in the Expanded Field'PrescribedKrauss, RosalindOCTOBER, VOL. 8. (SPRING, 1979), P30-44
Readings'What is Design', 1972, p154PrescribedCharles EamesN/A
ReadingsArt in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing IdeasPrescribedHarrison, Charles and Paul Wood (editors) Claes OldenburgOXFORD: BLACKWELL, 2003
ReadingsCamera Lucida: Reflections on PhotographyPrescribedBarthes, Roland, translated by Richard Howard, 2000LONDON: VINTAGE(FIRST TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH 1981)
ReadingsDesign and Art, LondonPrescribedColes, Alex (editor), c2007WHITECHAPEL; CAMBRIDGE, MASS: MIT PRESS
ReadingsDocuments From the Store, 1961, p743 and Statement, 1981, p1038PrescribedSherrie LevineN/A
ReadingsInside Magazines: Independent Pop Culture MagazinesPrescribedAndersson, Patrick and Judith Steedman (eds)THAMES AND HUDSON, LONDON, 2002
ReadingsSimulationsPrescribedBaudrillard, Jean, translated by P. Foss, P. Patton and P. Beitchman , 1983NEW YORK: SEMIOTEXT(E)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Know a broad range of art, design and visual culture

Activities:
Present, discuss and analyse art and design works. Write about art, design and theoretical works.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking
Speaking

02. Understand an art and/or design work using a theoretical method

Activities:
Reading set texts. Analyse art and/or design works in relation to ideas contained in set text.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Writing
Speaking

03. Understand how to critically analyze and engage with images

Activities:
Present, discuss and analyse art and design works. Write about art, design and theoretical works.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Writing

04. Understand the research skills required to carry out independent research, including the searching of bibliographic and other data-sources, the gathering of primary and secondary research information, and the analysis of written material

Activities:
Research artists/designers and writing on art and/or design practice using the library database and the internet. Produce accurate references in written work, collate research and form a bibliography.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

05. Use critical oral and written skills to interpret visual culture

Activities:
Tutorial discussion, student presentations, essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Critical Thinking

06. Work in a small team

Activities:
Present a seminar in a small group
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork

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