Visual Culture

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Visual Culture

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 100-level MDIA points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course is concerned both with visual artifacts and with vision as a social and cultural process. Thus, it considers the relationship between different visual regimes, or ways of seeing, and visual technologies, texts, and genres. It is also concerned with the historically specific understandings of what it means to see and be seen that make the visual world and our experiences in it intelligible.

    Learning Objectives
    1) write about images using appropriate vocabulary and style, and demonstrating attention to the relationship between words and images;
    2) summarise and explain key concepts in the field of Visual Culture;
    3) demonstrate knowledge of the changing historical and social significance of vision and visuality as described in literature in the field of Visual Culture;
    4) apply theory and concepts from the field of Visual Culture to interpret and critically reflect on a variety of visual texts and objects.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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