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Course Description

A rock painted yellow with painted eyes and a glitter mouth

This course, which uses a web-based platform, is an introduction to contemporary art and artists. Lectures will be augmented by studio art assignments and online discussions in order to develop an understanding of material covered in the course. Offered through Distance Education format only.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Analyse concepts surrounding the construction of images, visual language and strategies of representation;
  2. Critique the visual culture in your immediate environment;
  3. Analyse the impact of constructed environments on behaviour;
  4. Explain how technology affects perception; and
  5. Illustrate a deeper understanding of identity.

Course Topics

  • Visual culture
  • Viewers make meaning
  • Codes of representation
  • Science and art
  • Art in the global age


Assessment Item Weight
Course Participation 20%
Assignment 1: Constructed Identity 25%
Assignment 2: Enigmatic Assemblage 25%
Assignment 3: Self-Portrait in Text 30%
Total 100%

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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