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VSA1010 - Contemporary Visual Culture

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Art and Design

Leader: Dr Leigh Astbury


Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)


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%

Contact hours

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

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