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This course is designed to engage the student in the creative process and foster understanding of the media arts. Topics of study include visual expression and communication in photography, film, television, animation, typography and graphic design. Through theory, method and application, students will develop an understanding of the visual arts aspect of mass communications and the creative processes inherent in them. Students will analyze, interpret and understand the role the media arts play in their lives and in society. The course is organized around readings, discussion, critique, written assignments and projects designed to promote visual literacy and understanding in the media arts. Student projects and written accounts will require that the student engage in abstract and critical analysis of the course concepts and then apply them to specific tasks. The students will be required to refer in detail to the literature in the field and articulate the process and product specific to visual communication. The course includes supplementary readings that address current developments in semiotics and visual culture.
Students need access to the Internet, a film or digital camera, a scanner and the digital capacity to submit print material online as low-resolution JPEG images.
Note: students should not include both Visual Literacy: Introductory and Visual Literacy: Advanced in their degree program. This course can only be taken once, either at the lower-level or at the upper-level.
Prerequisite: upper-level standing with advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
Recommended: A World of Art, Introduction to Studio Art, The Photographic Vision or relevant experience in the visual arts.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan.
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