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Codes of Visual Text

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The Codes of Visual Text are a useful tool to examine print visuals such as pictures in advertisements, posters, political cartoons or picture books.

B = Beginning      D = Developing      A = Achieving

UNDERSTANDING OF TECHNICAL CODES    D   A 
Medium: pen and ink, water colour, digital      
Perspective or Camera Angle: high angle which can show dominance, low angle which can show submission, or eye level      
Framing/Proximity: close up shot (head and shoulders) mid or medium shot (upper part of a person’s body) long distance shot (full person showing long distance or depth)      
Lighting: darkness used to indicate gloom; shadows are often sinister, while lightness can show joy or happiness      
Sequence of images/Juxtaposition      
UNDERSTANDING OF SYMBOLIC CODES B D A
Objects, shapes and figures: any of these can act as a symbol depending on the understanding by the viewer, eg a hat is an object but a chef’s hat is different from a police cap      
Size and Position of Objects/Layout      
Settings      
Body Language: including facial expression      
Colour: red with anger/red as danger      
UNDERSTANDING OF WRITTEN CODES B D A
Headlines      
Captions      
Speech Bubbles      

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