LUI, DEBORA ANN-LING
Images permeate our everyday lives. Whether we are watching the news on TV, watching a movie on our laptops, or checking out a website on our smartphones, we are in constant interaction with images. In this course, we will learn why visual literacy matters. What do images tell us? How do we ‘read’ them? How do we produce them? The course explores these questions by introducing students to the techniques of visual communication, or how ideas, concepts, and narratives are conveyed through images - both still and moving. Using advertisements, television shows and film clips as case studies, we will examine both the formal features (e.g. design) and contextual elements (e.g. circulation) of images. We will explore how images are never ‘neutral’ because they work to support particular messages and agendas. Because our ability to analyze media is strengthened by media practice, we also will create our own visual artifacts (e.g. a short film, a digital collage, a small comic book, etc.) as part of the course.