Visual cultures is a course that survey the history of art from the Renaissance period to the present. While the factors that influence the visual with regard to their cultural impact countless, this course focus on the exploring how visual cultures influence society; and will explore art/design/media as a means of (visual) communication between the artist/designer and society. Students will study, aesthetically evaluate, and critically analyze many works of visual culture across format, time period, social and cultural dynamics, and geography.
The main focus of the course is to understand the way the visual communicates ideas and imparts those ideas in a social context. How intention in Visual Communications informs and shapes societal structures. For example Renaissance Art and its relationship to the religious informed the broader community of the religious ideology of the time. This course will also look at the relationships between Western and Eastern Cultural and their influence on each other.