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Visual Literacy

This course offers an introduction to visual communication principles, aesthetics, research and applications in the field. The course examines methods for effective communication using images and design as a language. It prepares you for further study in photojournalism, video storytelling, publication design and interactive storytelling.

The class will follow the narrative arc of visual storytelling from the ancient 32,000-year-old Chauvet Cave paintings in southern France all the way to the sophisticated eye track activity recognition systems that influence modern design.

You will learn and apply Gestalt theory to design problems and expand you visual lexicon. Photo history will be brought into context with the larger visual narrative and explore how light, shape, form and composition help communicate complex thought and emotion.

Guest lecturers will frequent the class giving you insight into how visual language is used to communicate and report beyond words.