Students learn about the production and mediation of visual culture across the fields of art, design, film, photography, exhibition and digital and print media today. The programme brings the past and present together to understand how visual culture functions in today’s world. There are modules on theories of visual culture, histories of art and design, site visits and work placements, as well as lectures from visiting practitioners who document, mediate and promote visual culture today.
You learn about:
Key trends and debates in recent cultural history, recent histories of art and design, the main philosophical and sociological theories underpinning contemporary visual culture including: aesthetics, postcolonial theory, strategies of protest, theories of vision and spectacle, methods of history-making through material culture, research practices including the use of archival, primary, and secondary sources, critical methods of analysis
the relationship between research and industries of visual culture.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Graduates will be able to work in visual culture industries, in sectors promoting and mediating visual culture. These roles include researchers, audience advocates, exhibition planners, project archivists, cultural policy advisors, research developers, and cultural journalists: critics, writers and broadcasters for publications and popular media on visual culture.