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Visual Literacy

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Kim Llerena

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Visual Literacy

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Describe your course. What will the students be studying and learning?

This course introduces students to ways of understanding visual media through instruction in the fundamental principles of 2-D design, photography, and film/video. Students will learn visual theory and immerse themselves in new ways of seeing; understand the impact of images in various forms and contexts; critically deconstruct images created by others while gaining some hands-on experience in producing images of their own; and come to appreciate the influences of visual symbols on communication.

Why would a first-year student want to take this course? Discuss its uniqueness as part of the University College, your teaching style, and any special opportunities the students may have.

As an introductory level course, Visual Literacy is a great preparation for future courses that may have students creating visual media, working with a non-profit client, marketing products, or engaging in critical analysis. We talk a lot in class - open-mindedness and an enthusiasm for discussion and active participation is a must! It is also unique that an introductory class works directly with a real world organization in the DC area, getting first year students engaging with the city early on.

What do you like best about teaching first-year students?

They are always surprising me with how much they already know, especially about current cultural trends! It makes for great discussions about visual media