Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Understand the histories of visual culture practices and industries
  2. Develop and extend understanding of visual languages
  3. Gain experience in applying this knowledge to the study of current transformations in visual culture
    • Introduction and overview
    • Art, Artists and Audiences
    • Mass communications media
    • The eye of the camera
    • At the Movies
    • The Simpsons: cartoons, comedy and satire
    • Style, fashion and scenes
    • Advertising: the magic system
    • Making the news
    • Big things
    • Review
    • Review
    • Review
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-COMM120

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)


If you are an existing student working towards the pre-2015 structure you will not need to into COM190. New students must enrol in both COM110 and COM190 prior to enrolling in COM120.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject develops your understanding of the aesthetic, social and economic significance of visual culture by critically examining visual art practices, photography, film and television, style and fashion, advertising, news media genres and exhibitionary technologies. You will develop familiarity with a range of visual languages, genres and cultural industries, historical and contemporary practices of visual culture.

  • Participation (10%)
  • Essay (50%)
  • Research Assignment (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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