Image Analysis and Interpretation (261199)

Learning Outcomes

-    Know the role of the image in the various historical periods and its importance for human history;
-    Study the concept of image in its various perspectives;
-    Relate the theoretical, practical and technological transformations in the image field
-    Identify and critically evaluate the current challenges facing the image (fake news);
-    Foster critical abilities in the analysis of the role of the image in contemporary society.

Study Program

1.    - The Image - General Concepts
    1.1.    - The Concept of Image: Idea and Object;
    1.2.    - Starting from the look - the first contact with the image;
    1.3.    - The desire to figure or immortalization through the image;
2.    - The Image - main historical milestones 
    2.1.    - The historical context of the image;
    2.2.    - The main landmarks of the history of the image: from the caves of Chauvet to the ground of Mars (36.000 years of image history);
3.    - The Image in cinema, television and video: technical considerations;
    3.1.    - The cinema as the basis of audiovisual language;
    3.2.    - Elements of composition of an image;
    3.3.    - The devices for registration and processing of images and how technological advances have influenced the image itself;
    3.4.    - The artistic and technical relationship with the project to be made: from the initial idea to the final product.
4.    - The Image: theoretical perspectives
    4.1.    - The image and the Semiotic Theory;
        4.1.1.    - the initial perspectives of Peirce and Saussure;
        4.1.2.    - the development with Roland Barthes;
        4.1.3.    - the image between emotion and reason by Antonio Damásio;
    4.2.    - Analysis of the image in Martine Joly;
    4.3.    - The image and John Berger's "Ways of Seeing";
5.    - The image and journalism
    5.1.    - The concept of image in the context of Audiovisual Media;
    5.2.    - Analysis of the role of the Image in contemporary audiovisual. Its framework in different media, means and contexts of reception;
    5.3.    - Semiotics of the media (in cinema, television, newspapers, magazines and advertising);
    5.4.    - Media images and images that induce Emotions;
    5.5.    - The aesthetic and ethical challenges of image. From production to editing, a critical discussion about the manipulation of the image in art and media;
6.    - The Image and the Art
    6.1.    - The aesthetic concepts of the image in the history of art and culture;
    6.2.    - Visual aesthetics of an image in film and photography;
    6.3.    - The ontological dimension of the image; as a form of thought and as an aesthetic resource in audiovisual communication and in art;
    6.4.    - How images connect us to the world and construct the collective image



BERGER, John. (2018). Modos de Ver (1.ª ed.). Lisboa: Antígona.
JOLY, Martine (1994). Introdução à Análise da Imagem. (1.ª ed.). Lisboa: Edições 70.