MPI115 Imaging and Visualisation (8)

This subject introduces students to key concepts in the capture, storage, analysis, manipulation and display of visual images based on data. Students explore the ways data visualisation has changed, and continues to change the way we understand and live in our world.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to competently capture and store digital image data, and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media formats;
  • be able to use current industry standard image processing/manipulation software and tools;
  • be able to apply a technical understanding of the uses of visual data in response to a range of conceptual problems;
  • be able to demonstrate preliminary emergence of an individual hybrid media aesthetic;
  • be familiar with digital imaging and data visualisation terminology and practice; and
  • be able to produce visual imagery for print and/or projection.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A taxonomy of information visualisation
  • File storage and management
  • Metadata - overview, filter, zoom - details on demand
  • Analysis & manipulation
  • Capture, production & storage
  • The 'right' to unmake
  • Politics, decision making and decision communication
  • Code as muse: geographies - maps
  • Data: reweaving community
  • Data: visualisation and activism
  • Visualisation - modes of presentation

Special Resources

Students are required to have access to the industry standard graphic design software package - the Adobe Creative Suite.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.