Image and Text: Themes in the History of Communication Design

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Image and Text: Themes in the History of Communication Design

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Graphic Design, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module presents a chronological history of illustration and graphic design production
    from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day in Europe and North
    America. In doing so, its aim is to consider the different factors that have affected and influenced the production of imagery during this period.

    The first part of the module focuses on issues of processes and practices, and seeks to
    chart the developing relationship between the illustration and graphic professions, whilst
    conveying the overarching attitudes and ideas that have coloured artistic and design
    production and discussion.

    In the second part of the module students will consider the professional development of
    design for communication and media, the evolution of ?popular? mass imagery and the
    role of changing technologies and techniques, including the moving image and
    animation, in the development of image and text production and reproduction.

    The module engages with critical texts to allow students to examine the relationship
    between theory and practice in design and to gain an understanding of the development
    of graphic design and illustration as a cultural response to modernity. This module will
    provide a historical and critical framework through image-based lectures, screenings and
    study visits.

    Autumn semester summary:
    ? Introduction to the module; Key themes in Modernism
    ? The Manifesto
    ? The avant-garde and Expressionism
    ? Sans serif, sans style?: the Persistence of International Modernism
    ? Is Ornament a Crime?
    ? Sub-, Counter-, and Youth Cultures
    ? Cities of Signs, Signs of Cities
    ? The Films of Charles and Ray Eames
    ? Television Delivers
    ? Exhibition Proposal Feedback and Review

    Spring Semester summary:
    ? Introduction to the module; Children?s Book Illustration
    ? The Designer As?: Authorship and Independent Publishing
    ? Design It Yourself: Bricolage, the Designer-Amateur and Design for Interaction.
    ? Copy-Paste: From Pastiche to Piracy
    ? What?s News?: the Photo-Essay and Reportage
    ? The Graphic Novel
    ? Protest and Critique: Possibilities of Graphic Resistance
    ? Design and Gender
    ? Video Game Narratives
    ? The Digital Book
    ? How Do We Visualise Information?
    ? End Credits: Title Sequences in Film
    Teaching: Image-based lectures, discussions, screenings and study visits

    ? Exhibition proposal, 1000 words (30%)
    ? Essay, 2000 words (70%)
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR 3: Assessed essay (1,500-2000 words) (tbc)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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