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Possible HSC Course Outline
Scope and Sequence

Belonging-Key Ideas

Outline Outcome Program

Belonging Lesson Ideas

The Crucible

Peter Skyznecki


Module A
Distinctively Visual-Key Ideas

Module B
Wilfred Owen-key Ideas

Module C
The Global Village-Key Ideas

Visual Texts

What are visual texts?
Visual texts are usually considered to be texts which contain physical imagery (images we can see with our eyes) as opposed to imagery we imagine after we read or hear something. 

Printed visual representations take many forms. Some printed forms include cartoons, photographs, paintings and sketches

Composers of graphic/visual texts such as: photos, paintings and cartoons rely on a range of visual techniques to communicate meaning.

Visual Techniques. The table below represents some common visual techniques engaged by composers to create visual texts. 

Common Visual Techniques


A symbol or picture used to represent something e.g. a heart represents love.


Positioning subjects side by side to emphasise difference e.g. an elephant positioned near a mouse emphasises a difference in size.


The arrangement of visuals.


Content is layered to allow for more content to be positioned in a given space.

Subject selection

The choice of images.


Technique sometimes chosen to evoke atmosphere or represent mood.


Technique used to illuminate differences. Colour and texture are sometimes used in combination with this technique.




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