Visual Literacy

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Visual Literacy

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    An investigation of a variety of visual structures as they appear in contemporary cultures through art, design and media. Visual rhetoric and visual meanings are examined through texts and creative practice.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course aims at establishing an understanding of the influence of visual information in contemporary cultures. From contemporary artworks to design and media, the visual components are investigated. Students will discover ways to become visually literate, to think visually in critical ways, to be articulate about visual experiences.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of the technological, historical and cultural contexts of the visual systems, through art, design and media.
    2. Identify concepts meanings and the interplay of signs within images connected with art and design.
    3. Create work on visual narratives.
    4. Formulate a language for the critical examination of visual art, design and media.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the College, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, demonstrations, and problem solving sessions, class critiques and discussions.
    - Studios: students are encouraged to use studio facilities for the completion and installation of their works.
    - Media labs: students use media labs for the completion of projects and portfolios.
    - Gallery and Museum visits.
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions and go over lecture and reading material.
    - Blackboard site, where instructors post assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.