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Visual Communication 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.

Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Program option types:  

  • Any degree, minor in Visual Communication and Culture
  • Undergraduate certificate in Visual Literacy and Culture

A minor in Visual Communication and Culture offers cross-cultural and interdisciplinary programming that encourages students to develop a comparative perspective on visual expression, communication, and culture.

It is designed to complement degrees in Art History, Canadian Studies, Commerce, Drama, Fine Arts, French Studies, Geography, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, International Relations, Music, Psychology, and Religious Studies.

Core courses are designed to provide theoretical and contextual knowledge of visual culture. To encourage students to sample different approaches to visual expression, communication, and culture, complementary courses are classified under seven streams:

  • Art historical, visual, and cultural contexts
  • Visuality in the performing arts
  • Media and popular culture studies
  • Archeological and classical contexts
  • Indigenous perspectives
  • The arts, culture, and creative industries
  • Images and visual representation in cultural and geographic settings

Find a full list of courses in the academic calendar – Visual and Material Culture.


A certificate in Visual Literacy and Culture is intended to assist you in developing visual literacy skills — decoding visual communication, describing and interpreting images, using visual materials proficiently and creatively, and understanding the impact of visual culture.

Find specific details about certificates in the academic calendar.


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