This is one of those courses I had to take as it was a core requirement for my degree and if I didn't need it it graduate, I would have dropped it. What I didn't like about this course was how incredibly subjective the assessment is. For example, one of the tasks was to take photographs that symbolise the 'emotional journey' of being a UQ student, which is something that can be interpreted in many different ways, and many people got low marks because the marker didn't like how they'd interpreted the task even though the directions were incredibly vague and left open for interpretation.
I also feel as though teaching finer points of photography doesn't have a lot of relevance the career path of most people in the Bachelor of Communication degree and that there would be more useful and beneficial things that could be taught as visual communication, such as advertising basics, rather than the finer points of photography. I also had to learn to use a specific type of software that I'll never use again, and would have benefitted more from learning the basics of something standard.
My lecturer was also particularly critical of people's photographic skills even though the course claimed that it was not about the actual photographic ability itself, and those who didn't have access to fancy photographic equipment seemed to be given lower grades. I also found the staff largely unwilling to assist during studio sessions, saying 'you received a demonstration in the lecture', but without understanding that a short demonstration of complex photographic techniques is not enough for a novice photographer to understand and be able to recreate them with virtually no practise.
As a result, I felt like I had to spend much more time on this course than other courses at the same level.
Positives? Blackboard updated extremely quickly and efficiently, no real need to attend lectures, no textbook.