About Visual Culture
Visual culture – offered by the Faculty of Art and Design as part of the Bachelor of Arts degree – is designed to equip students with advanced critical and theoretical skills appropriate to the study of art history. Topics include:
- theories and representations of the image,
- ideology (especially in relation to race and gender),
- social theories,
- the application of psychoanalysis in the visual domain,
- cyber-culture, and
- new theories of visual culture.
The program provides an introduction to various aspects of visual culture, from painting and architecture to fashion and photography; from the Renaissance and Baroque eras to the modernist approaches of the nineteenth and early twentieth century cities; postmodernism and emerging digital visual cultures.
Teaching addresses historical movements such as Surrealism, Dada and Pop, and contemporary phenomena such as computer and cyber art and design, or artistic commentary on new technologies.