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VSAR 113 - Visual Culture I

An introduction to the analysis and reception of visual images and objects within their historical and social contexts.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- The elements of perception: the eye and the brain
- The history of perspective
- Culture: high, low, mass and pop
- Modernity and the problem of the observer
- Camera obscura and the photograph
- Subjective vision and the division of labour
- The flaneur, public space and shopping
- Art in the age of mechanical reproduction
- The society of the spectacle
- The male gaze

- The machine eye


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and discuss key historical and cultural 'lenses' used in the history of art from the modern era to present

- Apply a critical and cultural awareness to the practice of their own studio work and the visual environment that surrounds them daily 


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 90


Percentage of Group Work: 10


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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