Visual Literacy and Culture develops visual literacy skills ― decoding visual communication, describing and interpreting images, using visual materials proficiently and creatively, and understanding the impact of visual culture.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Program type: Certificate*
Degree options related to Visual Literacy and Culture:
- Fine Arts ― BFA, BA major
- Art history ― BA major; any degree, minor
- Museum and curatorial studies ― any degree, minor
- Modern languages, literatures, and cultures ― BA major
Courses in visual literacy and culture provide a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary introduction to visual culture from ancient civilizations to our contemporary global world.
- Introduction to Visual Culture: the Power of Images and Viewers
- Introduction to Material Culture: Knowledge and its Textures
In addition to foundation courses, course options in this program include topics in:
- Fine arts/art history
- French studies
- Canadian studies
- Environmental studies
- Religious studies
Find specific details in the academic calendar – Certificate in Visual Literacy and Culture.
*Open to Mount Allison students in any program of study, certificates consist of a selection of courses worth 18 credits (6 courses) that are thematic in nature, comprised of available courses related to a theme. Certificates are taken during your Mount Allison degree, and must be combined with a major/degree program.
Visual Literacy and Culture is particularly useful for those who plan to pursue careers in fields where images play an important role and will help you in designing professional presentations and websites, organizing verbal and visual information, and communicating with people from all walks of life.
It is also beneficial to those who are planning to go on to professional or graduate schools in programs that require visual analysis skills and an observant eye.
Sectors where images, visuality, and viewing practices play an important role:
- the arts, culture, and creative industries
- communications and media relations
- government and not-for-profit leadership
- heritage and conservation
- journalism and publishing
- marketing and advertising
Centre for Early Modern Visual Culture
Mount Allison is home to the Centre for Early Modern Visual Culture, a physical and virtual resource for scholars, students, and the public. Several Mount Allison students work as research assistants in the Centre, enriching their undergraduate experience through experiential learning.
Dr. Lauren Beck
Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies
Canada Research Chair in Intercultural Encounter