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ARTV101 Introduction to Visual Culture

An introduction to the study of visual culture in contemporary society addressing a range of topics, such as fashion, photography, advertising, celebrity, gender, the moving image and their interfaces.

By studying visual culture, you raise your level of visual literacy, developing skills that serve you in all areas of life. Because our individual, national and global identities are shaped by the images that surround us, honing the skills to understand what pictures mean and how they communicate enhances a student's performance across the disciplines. From the internet, the billboard, the Hollywood blockbuster and the reality television programme to the art gallery, we understand who we are and the world that we live in through what we see.

Paper title Introduction to Visual Culture
Paper code ARTV101
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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MFCO 104, VISC 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
To be advised
Teaching staff
To be advised
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper the student should be able to:
  • Recognise the important areas and approaches that define visual culture studies
  • Describe the important areas and approaches that define visual culture studies
  • Discuss and analyse specific examples of visual culture
  • Undertake 200-level and 300-level coursework in Art History and Visual Culture
By the end of the paper the student should have improved their skills in the following areas:
  • Reading scholarly material
  • Producing written and verbal scholarly arguments
  • Writing for university purposes, including referencing and bibliographies

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system