This subject studies visual signs and how they convey meaning. The relationship between sender and receiver, the combination of word and image, and visual narrative structures are explored through examining conventions and codes in visual culture. The psychology of perception, types and uses of images, and their social function and effects are considered throughout. Using examples of images from art, graphic design, advertising, film, photography and digital technologies, the subject gives context to diverse forms of visual communication through a range of cultural, historical and semiotic explanations.
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Not available to students who have previously completed COM206.
- psychology of perception: visual coherence
- illusion: graphics / art / photography
- visual signs: types and functions /archetypes / photography
- elements of signs: colour/shape/line/perspective/symbol
- colour and signs / perception of colour
- symbol, metaphor and irony
- perspective in visual art
- political and religious signs
- sequential narrative: comic-book art / high and low
- advertising signs and sexual signs: gender imaging
- theatre, film and television
- semiotic theories
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