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Visual Language: On Images (Session 1)

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses, Summer College

*Taught Online for Summer 2021*  Through studio work and critical discussions on 2D form, this course is designed to reveal the conventions of images and image-making. Basic formal elements and principles of art are presented, but they are also put into practice to reveal perennial issues in a visual field. Form is studied as a means to communicate content. Topics as varied as, but not limited to, illusion, analogy, metaphor, time and memory, nature and culture, abstraction, the role of the author, and universal systems can be illuminated through these primary investigations. Visits to museums and other fieldwork required, as is participation in studio exercises and group critiques. Students must attend the first two class sessions to confirm enrollment. Wait list requests are due several weeks before the quarter begins.

This section (92) runs for three weeks and focuses on photography-related media and strategies. This course fulfills the general education requirement in musical, visual and dramatic arts. 

This class will utilize photographic materials because of its predominance within contemporary culture. Most supplies will be provided but there may be an additional $20-50 per student in photographic printing costs if students do extra printing or choose to use outside materials.

Daily Course Expectations

Enrollment is limited to 16.



Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Undergraduate Courses
Summer College

Start Date

June 21

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Laura Letinsky

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)

Class Specifics

Course Code

ARTV 10100 92

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


12:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks