Visual Literacy: Researching Images

Learn to read images across a range of media and platforms to understand and navigate a world that is saturated with visual information.

The knowledge and skills you will develop

We live in a world that is increasingly saturated by images and visual information. Being able to read and understand images across a range of media and platforms is crucial in articulating ideas and communicating effectively.

This module brings together various approaches to studying, researching and interpreting photographs, digital images, historical illustrations, artworks, the moving image, diagrams and body language.

You will learn how to critically analyse the way images are described and used, and relate them to a broader cultural context.

How this module can be useful in your career

You will be equipped with a greater sense of visual design and an awareness and understanding of the power and significance of images in various formats. You will gain skills in visual literacy and communication.

Your skills and understanding would benefit careers in marketing and communications, brand management, advertising, media and curation.

The courses you can take

You must complete three of the courses listed below (45 points), including at least one course (15 points) at Stage II.

Each course is worth 15 points. Before you can enrol in a Stage II course you need to have passed the prerequisite courses for enrolment in that course.

Stage I courses

ARTHIST 115
Global Art Histories

Stage II courses

ANTHRO 212*
Ethnographic Film and Photography

ARTHIST 204*
Ways of Seeing Contemporary Art

ARTHIST 217
Contemporary Pacific Art

MEDIA 222
Comics and Visual Narrative

Stage III courses

COMMS 302
Visual Communication

*Course availability for this module is subject to approval for 2019.

You must include ARTHIST 115 and one course from ANTHRO 212, COMMS 302, MEDIA 222 (this requirement is subject to approval for 2019).