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EEA212 - Visual Culture: Images, Meaning and Contexts

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Elizabeth Hirsh

Campus contact:

Elizabeth Hirsh (Burwood (Melbourne))

Jenny Grenfell (Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool)





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Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.


This unit looks at the ways in which varying cultural and social conditions determine the production and consumption of visual culture, How do we use images to express ourselves, to communicate, to experience pleasure, and to learn?

It focuses on the concept that images and objects are continuously seen and instantaneously interpreted, forming new knowledge and new images of identity and environment. In this context, art is a form of social reproduction in which the creation of a work of art is only part of the product, it is the viewer who completes the work. What is produced forms a social relationship between the individual and the art form.

Through studio practice and seminars, students will develop understandings of the relationship between meaning and cultural context, identify aspects of the relationship between cultural production and social conditions, articulate concepts of contemporary theory in visual culture in their writing and locate aspects of their own practice within a defined cultural context.


Assignment 1: Seminar presentation (2500 words or equivalent, 50%).
Assignment 2: Suite of artworks (4) based around a theme (50%).

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