Visual Communication

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Admission requirements

30 credits + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish secondary school.


credits 100%


Syllabus for students autumn 2008

Course Code:
1026KK revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of establishment:
05 October 2007
Date of ratification:
05 October 2007
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2007

Course description

Visual Communication introduces a new way to look at photographic images, graphic design and visual communication. Through a series of lectures and exercises, the students are asked to open up to the field of photography in terms of historical practices and postmodern theory.

There has never at any time, been a single object or practice or form that is photography, rather it has always served different material and social issues. We will explore how photography has been a major shaper of modernism and today with post modern theory as our tool we will talk about, look at and create images that serves no other master than photography itself. This will be done by exploring relations to graphic design, advertising
and campaigns.

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

Single subject course and elective course, semester 5 within the study programmes: Physical and Virtual Design, Performing Arts Technology, Interaction Design and Media and Culture Studies.

Entry requirements

30 credits + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish secondary school.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student shall be able to:
-describe the history of photography
-understand the diversity of visual communication
-describe practices and considerations of a professional graphic designer

After the course the student shall be able to:
-choose and/or produce photographic images for a specified communication context
-analyze and give constructive qritique
-reflect on photographic images from different perspectives and in different contexts

After the course the student shall be able to:
-reflect on the role as visual communicator
-Identify possibilities to contribute to sustainable development
-understand the power of images in communicating values and shaping behaviour


Presentation of assignments and portfolio
Written reflection on a personal project
Personal project within visual communication/photography
Participation in reviews and discussions

The student's learned skills and abilities are tested during written
assignments, oral presentations and problem solving workshops.

Course content

The course is devided in three parts:

-Visual Communication, 5 credits
-Photo history, 5 credits
-Graphic Design, 5 credits

Learning activities

Lectures, practical assignments, portfolio, written reflection, oral presentations.
Each lecture is followed by practical assignments. The separate assignments add up to a personal project that at the end of the course will be presented in a portfolio accompanied by a written reflection.

Grading system

Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Wells, Liz (2001) Photography: a critical introduction. Routledge.

Course evaluation

A written evaluation is made after every completed part of the course.

Other Information

Course language: English


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information