2023-2024 / COMU0037-1

Visual communication (theory and analysis)


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Digital media education)5 crédits 


Jeremy Hamers

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course "Visual communication (theory and analysis)" offers an introduction to the main theories, approaches and methodologies of the analysis of visual communication. It will successively address 1/ the image as material, support and object of communication, 2/ the languages of the still image (framing, composition, textual components etc.), 3/ the languages of the moving image (editing, etc.), 4/ the catéegories and registers of visual communication as they formalize different reading contracts or promises addressed to the viewer (trace, proof, illustration, simulation etc.).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Although primarily focused on the theory and analysis of visual communication, this course will  allow students to master a first palette of enunciative, pragmatic and aesthetic choices that they will necessarily be confronted with in the exercise of their future profession as communicators: which point of view to choose in order to convey which message? which image format to select according to the first target audience? which enunciation marks for which type of reading contract? etc.


Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Face-to-face (course taught in English).

The course will alternate ex-cathedra presentations, screenings, collaborative sequences of analysis with the students, and case studies. Three sessions will also be devoted to the screening and discussion of practical exercises (framing and editing) carried out by the students. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Jeremy Hamers: jhamers@uliege.be

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