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VIS2101 Visual Storytelling: Building Personal and Cultural Narratives in the 21st Century

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Storytelling and narrative based works of art offer artists an alternative to theory driven, aesthetic or historical approaches to practice. As such, the aim of this course is to show students how ‘storytelling’ has become a vital strategy for many artists in making a connection with the societies and cultures they live in. This course will explore acts of storytelling across a broad range of media and cultural practices, from dominant culture to sub-cultures and First Nations practices. This will demonstrate how personal and cultural narratives provide opportunities to engage ideas that offer audiences an unfolding engagement with the artist’s intended story.

Students in this class will be researching and viewing different forms of storytelling that are within traditional and non-traditional studio activities such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and ceramics, as well as their expansion into areas such as film and social media. Students undertaking this course should ultimately develop an understanding of how visual narratives are formed, and how the artist's intention intersects with audience reception and expectation.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023