VCO2904 - Image, communication and location - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cameron Rose


Dr Cameron Rose

Unit guides



  • Trimester 2 2019 (On-campus)


Students who have successfully completed 48 credit points in the first year of a Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture course.


This unit will demonstrate how an unfamiliar location, experience or culture can effect and inform the process of image making for art and design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the process of gathering information (visual research) and using image making skills to document their findings. From this, they will create a response to the unfamilar environment through a narrative of images that documents their experience. The process is intended to assist the students to mature as artists and designers and to allow them to understand the importance of image as a means of communicating without need of verbal language.


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

  1. Use image making processes, be it photographic, hand generated or digital, to record an unfamiliar environment;
  2. Cohesively plan a sequence of images that narrates a response to this environment;
  3. Understand the importance of image as visual communication;
  4. Understand the relevance of personal observation and experience in shaping the outcomes of an image;
  5. Utilise an overseas experience to mature as a designer and visual communicator;
  6. Observe and employ occupational health and safety principles and rules appropriate to studio practice.


Exercise (60%)

Major project (40%)

Workload requirements

156 hours including: Intensive studio teaching: 13 hours per week by 4 weeks (duration of stay) with 52 hours of independent study overseas. Plus 52 hours additional study for the remainder of the semester.

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