Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedNot offered in 2012


This introductory unit aims to acquaint students with basic principles of visual analysis, and to develop in students an understanding of the visual characteristics of contemporary culture, through the study of selected aspects of recent art, architecture, photography, film, and so on. Discussion will involve consideration of the visual dimensions of various issues and ideas such as the urban and suburban experience, Aboriginality, cultural identity and nationalism, and questions concerning the body and representation.


First essay (1500 words): 25%
Second essay (2000 words): 50%
Visual test (1 hour): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

John Gregory

Contact hours

4 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial and 1 x 2 hour screening) per week