Visual Perception And Art: A Survey Across The Cultures

By Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar   |   Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Learners enrolled: 631
The central concern of this course is to explore the complex and dynamic relationships between our visual perception and art in the context of specific visual cultures. As far as the various forms of art-object are concerned within the context of specific visual culture, visual perception varies in the most dynamic and complex ways. This course offers a survey across the global culture to study this variety of relationships and how visual perception operates as a creative process affecting deeply the concepts and styles of art. This survey will also provide us with vital clues to understand why visual artists across the globe perceive visual phenomenon so differently from each other.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Candidates with any educational background with an interest in Visual Culture, Visual Arts, Cultural Anthropology and Visual Psychology.


INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Universities and Academic Institutions that teach and research in Visual Arts & Cultural Anthropology; Museums and Art Galleries that deal with visual arts.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Visual Perception
Week 2: Visual Perception and Visual Communication
Week 3: Visual Perception and Visual Culture 
Week 4: Visual Perception and Modern Art

Books and references

  • Visual thinking, Rudolf Arnheim, University of California Press, 2004
  • Art and visual perception, Rudolf Arnheim, University of California Press, 2004
  • Visual Perception, Theory and Practice, Terry Caelli, Elsevier, 2014
  • About looking, John Berger, Bloomsbury, 2009
  • Ways of Seeing, John Berger, Penguin 1972
  • Visual Perception and Cognition in Infancy, Carl Granrud, Psychology Press, 1993
  • Theories of Visual Perception, Ian E. Gordon. Wiley 1997
  • Visual Perception: An Introduction, Michael Swanston and Nicholas Wade, Routledge, 1991
  • Vision and art, Margaret Livingstone, Abrams 2002
  • Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, Lisa Cartwright and Marita Sturken, Oxford University Press, 2012

Instructor bio

Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar

Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar is an Assistant Professor at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in the Department of History of Art, Kala Bhavana (The Institute of Fine Arts & Crafts). Prof. Majumdar has taught as a Visiting Faculty at IIT- Kanpur, in the discipline of Fine Arts, under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He completed his BFA and MFA in History of Art from Santiniketan and M.S.University, Baroda respectively. He is involved in teaching art history, conducting courses on art-appreciation, art criticism, art curating and researching on art-education.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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