As our life is increasingly dominated by visual media, the significance of “visual storytelling” is rising across different means of communication. By bringing examples of some most influential visions of the world—works from artists, photographers, and especially film and video makers, the course helps students to recognize basic rules in visual coding and visual storytelling. Another important frame of knowledge for this course is how cultural elements affect the very making of visual media. Through vigorous drawing, printing, analytical and storytelling exercises, the goal of the course is to enhance students’ capability in understanding of visual media and in visualizing their own ideas. Lectures are designed to introduce trends and methods in visual arts and how they interact with literary, aesthetic, and ideological representations. Tutorials and workshops are designed for students with little knowledge of art or media history to understand how images tell stories through active discussions, presentation on film narratives, basic drawing and storyboard exercises.
This course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of visual storytelling and is designed for students who have interests in visual arts but with no special training in visual arts or media studies. After taking this course, students are expected to recognize the visual language and storytelling in high art and popular/mass media and to express their appreciation or criticism.