Visual Literacy and Culture
About this class
This course introduces students to visual communication, which is at the core of a culture’s symbolic systems, whether as images, video, or active technological processes that structure the way we perceive and react to the world. Students will explore how visual messages represent concepts and define culture. Using three different theoretical models of analysis students will decode the visual language employed in various cultures. They will also examine cultural diversity and how different types of media, including visual technology, mass media and art impact and influence these cultures.
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Respond to the question, "Are you your aesthetic?"
You mention that we live in a minimalist society, which is true in the terms of today's modern aesthetic. I find it quite ironic though that despite living in a society with minimalist style, we are the opposite of minimalist when it comes to our consumerist and materialistic habits and lifestyle. 'You have to purchase certain items to obtain minimalism' is quite the contradiction. You alluded to this when you described the high costs of maintaining the " simple, classic look". Interesting points!
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