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Word and Image (11119.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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In this unit students examine the relationship between image and word and apply their learning by composing work in a variety of forms. Students explore four thematic streams: the influence of visual art on writing and of writing on visual art; imagery and poetry; ekphrasis; graphic forms including novels and non-fiction graphic works and screen based, digital works. Students produce an example influenced by each theme.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Design and/or write works influenced by art from other cultures;

2. Critically respond to and compose poetry that employs poetic imagery;

3. Write a short ekphrastic work in prose or poetry;

4. Compose a short digital creative work using words and visual imagery; and

5. Critically engage with creative works featuring and/or influenced by image and reflect on the impact of the message.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour workshop on-campus per week.


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