Semiotics is an interdisciplinary field of study that is becoming more and more important in the world of professionals for communication, visual art, and more recently for IT practitioners (for web designers and in general among interface designers).
Umberto Eco defines semotics as being concerned with 'everything that can be taken as a sign.' In this sense it is the study not only of what we refer to as 'signs' in everyday speech but of anything that can 'stand for' something else. Following this very broad definition we will present, analyse and discuss theories of signs in which signs take the form of words, images, sounds, gestures and objects.
You can learn more, and in greater detail, in the following workshops about semiotics and its applications, to be held at the college on 13, 20 and 27 January. Each week, a different area of research will be explored and discussed, supplemented by activities. Workshops will be open to students from all three schools of the college.