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ART 185 A Visual Lit & Art of Info
Throughout history, images have been a powerful way to communicate complex information, but what does it mean to be visually literate? How can students think critically about the images encountered in academic research and an increasingly visual society? The skill of reading images is practiced through visual literacy, which will be used to examine the intersections of image, visual thinking and information content. Using the vocabulary of art and critical thinking, students will evaluate and analyze images from the sciences, social sciences, history, and the arts, using media selected from propaganda, advertisements, graphic design, comic books, musical scores and the maps and mapped pictures, graphs and charts, and art illustrated in the work of Edward Tufte.