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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Geraldine Burke



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit students engage with the design and production of illustrations in children's books as a means of exploring visual literacy. Contemporary and traditional children's book are investigated, particularly the variety of media techniques, intertextuality between image and text and the grammar and code of the picture book genre. Students produce an illustrated book, using traditional media alongside digital processes.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate skills in writing, illustrating, editing and producing a children's picture book
  2. create original illustrations for a children's picture book
  3. engage and examine local and international children's books using a range of theoretical lenses
  4. explore the concept of visual literacy
  5. demonstrate skills in analogue and digital techniques and processes.


Illustrated children's book (3200 words equivalent, 80%)
Visual journal (800 words equivalent, 20%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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