Elements of Visual Representation

By Prof. Shatarupa Thakurta Roy   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 456
Visual Art is compulsorily a successful visual arrangement. Visual Representation is a mode of non-linguistic and nonverbal communication. It involves a wide range of symbolic icons that cannot be comprehended solely through intuition. The course introduces numerous theoretical constructs that enable its audiences to primarily understand the nature of visual medium and eventually develop a visual vocabulary to decode visual messages with a semiotic approach. The knowledge is instrumental in visual analysis, critical art appreciation, theoretical and practical art and design endeavors.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  Any interested learners
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 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 Art and visual language
Week 2: Composition and Space
Week 3: Perception of motion
Week 4: Scale and Proportion
Week 5: Line as a visual element
Week 6: Visual harmony and balance as a rule
Week 7: Color combination, value and texture
Week 8: Visual analysis and conclusion

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Instructor bio

Prof. Shatarupa Thakurta Roy

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Shatarupa Thakurta Roy is an assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of technology Kanpur, in the discipline of Fine Arts, under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has done her BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and PhD from the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Her area of specialization is Graphic Art and Design Culture. She is involved in teaching art history, criticism and appreciation, design theory, drawing and painting.

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: 25 September 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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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