Art, Activism, and Advertisements: Introduction to Visual Culture Studies

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Is art capable of influencing social change? How have artists used their work as a form of activism? In this class, students will explore how art and visual culture uphold or challenge systems of power and social norms, and learn how to recognize these forces at work in visual media. Students will think expansively about what shapes the visual, and how the visual shapes us. Students will develop the skills to critically analyze the visual materials we encounter in our everyday lives. We will engage with a wide array of media including art, comics, animation, television, performance, social media, activism and exhibitions. Students will read scholars from art history, visual culture studies, media studies, LGBTQ+ studies, critical race theory, and disability studies, and participate in field trips to local museums and galleries.

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All ALP students should plan to bring a personal laptop or tablet for use in class and during evening sessions.

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Application deadlines

Application opens: Nov. 28, 2023
Deadline: May 1, 2024

Tuition deadlines

The first half of tuition is due by May 15, 2024. The second half of tuition is due by June 1, 2024.

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