ARTS6025 - Visual Literacy

Title:Visual Literacy
Long Title:Visual Literacy
Module Code:ARTS6025
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Visual Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Catherine Fehily
Module Author: ALBERT WALSH
Module Description: This module explores the principles of Visual Literacy. It looks at how meaning is made and communicated in still and moving images.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 identify how meaning is made and communicated through still and moving images.
LO2 articulate responses to still and moving images using shared specialized terminology.
LO3 evaluate still and moving images using appropriate criteria and language.
LO4 discuss the social, cultural and ethical issues around creating and working with still and moving images.
LO5 explore the impact of existing and emerging technologies on how meaning is made and communicated through still and moving images.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Principles of Visual Literacy
Looking at how meaning is made and communicated through the information that is presented through still and moving images.
Reading and Interpreting Images
Reading and interpreting still and moving images. Developing effective and appropriate criteria for evaluating images. Exploring the impact of existing and emerging technologies on how meaning is made and communicated in still and moving images.
Case Studies
Analysis and discussion of selected images including student work
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Peer group presentations 2,3,4 50.0 Week 8
Essay Essay exploring the principles of Visual Literacy within the context of still and moving images. 1,4,5 50.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Content delivery and discussions 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Seminar-based discussion of practices and works 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research and preparation 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Barrett, T. 2012, Criticizing photographs: an introduction to understanding images, 5th edition Ed., McGraw Hill [ISBN: 9780073526539]
  • Berger, J. 2013, Understanding a Photograph, Penguin [ISBN: 9781597112567]
  • Edgar, R. et al. 2015, The Language of Film (Basics Filmmaking), 2nd Ed., Fairchild Books [ISBN: 1472575245]
  • Jones, R. and Hafner, C. 2012, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, Routledge [ISBN: 9781136212895]
  • Scott, C. 1999, Spoken Image: Photography and Language, Reaktion [ISBN: 9781861890320]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jones, R. and Hafner, C. 2012, Understanding digital literacies: a practical introduction, Routledge [ISBN: 9780415673167]
  • La Grange, A. 2015, Basic Critical Theory for Photographers, Taylor & Francis Group, [ISBN: 9781138129573]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HPHNM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography with New Media 1 Mandatory