Visual Theory 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311VTH1 ZK 2 2T English winter and summer

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Marla Beth LAZROE

Learning outcomes of the course unit

1.To present and build a basic working vocabulary with which to discuss the way visual images, particularly photographs, are constructed;

2.For students to be able to identify and understand the visual functions of each of these elements in terms of their desired effect or impact on viewers;

3.For students to analyse, explore and question:

-the relationships between the image-maker, viewer, subject and commissioning agent; and

-the various functions of images;

  1. To consolidate the above material in the context of contemporary uses of images

Mode of study


Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

This course explores how visual images (concentrating mainly on photographs and film images) are constructed. It analyses the use of various aesthetic and design elements used by image-makers and the effects of these elements on the viewer. It is in lecture/seminar format in which students are given simple practical as well as theoretical assignments to enable them to experience the effects of these dynamics for themselves. There are both slide and video presentations to support the content of the lectures.

Recommended or required reading

Required Reading

LAZROE, Beth. Photography as Visual Communication, a curriculum. Prague: FAMU, 1998.

Recommended Reading

LAZROE, Beth. Perception, Culture, Representation and the Photographic Image. Ljubljana: World Young Photography, 1997.

HALL, Stuart. Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. Milton Keynes: The Open University, 1997.

BERGER, John. Ways of Seeing, BBC and Penguin Books Ltd., London 1972.

FISKE, John. Introduction to Communications Studies. 2nd edition. London and New York: Routledge, 1990.

PRICE, Stuart. Media Studies, Pitman Publishing, London, 1994.

The Art of Photography. Nederland: Time-Life International, 1973.

WEBSTER, Frank. The New Photography, Responsibility in Visual Education. New York: Riverrun Press, 1985.

Library sections: Communications and media, Photography, Culture, Visual Culture, Social groups/classes, Visual/Cultural Anthropology.

Assessment methods and criteria

Minimum required attendance to the class is + 70%

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

attendance - 10%,

assignments/class participation - 40%,

Final essay examination – 50%


Homework assignment requirements

All images submitted for homework/seminar assignments should be in hard copy, at least A4 (8x10 inches) photocopies. All images must include citations; terminology from the lectures/coursebook may not be Googled for relevant examples. Written essays must be typed, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman. All homework materials must be properly packaged, stapled and/or in plastic folders or envelopes ? no paper clips. Loose pages will not be accepted No homework assignments will be accepted by email. All of the above conditions must be met for the assignments to be accepted. As stated above, students who fail to submit homework assignments, and/or do not attend classes, will not be permitted to sit the final exam.


Detailed syllabus available upon request in FAMU International office.

Schedule for winter semester 2020/2021:

room 207
Room No. 2

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 19:50–21:25 Marla Beth LAZROE Room No. 2
Lažanský palác
online lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans