Visual Culture and Design History, 6 credits (TRTE17)

Visuell kultur och designhistoria, 6 hp

Main field of study

Graphical Design and Communication


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Gary Svensson

Director of studies or equivalent

Gary Svensson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6KGDK Graphic Design and Communication, Bachelor's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 1 4 Swedish Norrköping o

Main field of study

Graphical Design and Communication

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Graphic Design and Communication, Bachelor's Programme

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to enable students to acquire a general knowledge, historical as well as theoretical, of Design and Visual Culture in the Western Society. The goal is to create a basic understanding of Visual Communication and Visual Culture from the years 1900 until today.
After having completed the course, the students should:

  • Have acquired a general knowledge of the Western Visual Culture from about 1900 and onwards,
  • Have developed the ability to describe images and design products in speech as well as in writing,
  • Have achieved the ability to an argumentative reasoning and critically reflection on social norms and critical aspects regarding the Western tradition of images, in speech as well as in writing.


Course content

The course covers the Image Cultures of the 2000 Century, where design and Norm Criticism are important issues. The theoretical framework includes:

  • Visual culture/Art Science
  • Design History
  • Norm Criticism 

Teaching and working methods

The teaching of the course is provided through lectures, seminars and project works in groups. Excursions may also be included in the course.
Seminars, project works and excursions are compulsory for all students. 


UPG1AssignmentsU, G2 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses:
Rethoric, Visual Theory


Institutionen för kultur och kommunikation

Director of Studies or equivalent

Gary Svensson


Gary Svensson

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
Recommended self-study hours: 112 h
There is no course literature available for this course.
UPG1 Assignments U, G 2 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits

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