Visual Literacy

Program Directors: Susan EnglishShalon Parker

The Visual Literacy minor focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to studying photographic and video arts, photojournalism and documentary film. The minor gives students models for thinking critically about the interpretation and impact of images in society and artistic creation, and the evolving role of video in online news and social media. The curriculum integrates experiential learning with the theories and ethics of artistic and journalistic visual creation.

Minor in Visual Literacy: 18 credits

Lower Division  
INMD 101 Media Literacy 3 credits
One of the following two options: 3 credits
VART 170 Photographic Art(1)
JOUR 270 Photojournalism
One of the following two options: 3 credits
VART 112 Design Fundamentals(2)
JOUR 280 Design and Editing
Upper Division 
INMD 410 Digital Video and Art 3 credits
JOUR 470 Documentary Filmmaking 3 credits
One of the following two options:
3 credits
VART 408 History of Photography
BRCO 320 Image Communication

See the Undergraduate catalog department sections for individual course descriptions.

(1) Students majoring or minoring in Journalism must take VART 170 to satisfy this requirement.
(2) Students majoring in Journalism must take VART 112 to satisfy this requirement.
*Note: Students using INMD 410, JOUR 470, and/or BRCO 320 to satisfy the Visual Literacy minor requirements may not also use the courses for an upper-division BRCO, JOUR or PRLS elective course required for Broadcast Studies, Journalism or Public Relations majors and minors.