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Introduction to Visual Studies 102 : Critical Ideas and Contemporary Issues

Course Description

Visual images have achieved increasing importance in our contemporary society, both replacing and becoming integrated with other forms of communication. Looking at examples from painting, photography, television, film, and new media, this course will examine how we “read” and make meaning from images and how they work as a language that shapes both individual social values and global cultural practices. This course will also consider how visual culture helps construct social and political identities along parameters such as race, class, gender, and sexuality. Students will gain an understanding of conceptual approaches from aesthetics, semiotics, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, and critical theory, and learn to use these frameworks to understand how meaning-making works in specific social and cultural contexts.


Successful completion of Visual Studies 101 (fall term). Part-time students who have successfully completed Visual Studies 101 may be admitted upon available space, and after consultation with instructor.

Equivalency / Transferability

This course is accredited by Yukon College. Transfer agreements are in place with Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Alberta College of Art and Design , the Ontario College of Art and Design University, ,  the Nova Scotia School of  Art and Design University, Thompson Rivers University, and the University of the Fraser Valley.


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