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Visual Literacy In The Realm of the Circuit

June 20-24, 2016
1 graduate credit; $1,000

Reading and writing alone no longer define 21st-century literacy in a world where image, data and language are intertwined and of equal importance. For the first time, the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts will gather a diverse group of people from across disciplines for an intensive summer forum to rethink what constitutes literacy in our time. Over the course of the program, participants will engage in intensive workshops and presentation by leaders in the fields of visual culture, social media, education, art, science and history. The goal is to engage participants in understanding and re-imagining new possibilities for teaching, learning and expression through images and the technologies of image-making.

The program kicks off with an eminent keynote speaker. Throughout the week, participants will meet with lecturers and panelists for evening discussions and seminars. Topics include: the history and meaning of visual literacy, the diverse roles the lens arts play within society, the role of images in social media, curriculum development for K-12 students and how visual literacy can be taught with readily available and inexpensive technology. At the conclusion of the program, participants will present their own research and findings for promoting visual learning in their respective fields.

Conducted by Charles Traub, chair, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts; Marvin Heiferman, curator and writer; Steve Heller, co-chair, MFA Design, School of Visual Arts. Eminent speakers from fields as diverse as forensic science, computation science, documentary filmmakers, technologists, artists, and museum educators will be present. 

The program is open to professionals engaged at all levels of education and to professionals from all fields interested in learning and communication. 

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree.

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.

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