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Illustrative Activism
0.50 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: 9.0 credits, including all first-year requirements (5.0 credits)
The use of Illustration to express dissent and improve established conditions enjoys a long and kinetic history, ranging from Victorian era Punch cartoons to contemporary multi-million-dollar ad campaigns. The illustrator’s heightened awareness of social and political issues, coupled with unique communication skills, provides otherwise unrepresented and disenfranchised citizens with a powerful and provocative voice. This course focuses on the illustrator as ‘activist’, achieving positive change through the effective and subversive use of images in the global arena of national and personal politics, social movements, and environmentalism. Posters, billboards, newspaper and magazine ads, editorial illustration, annual reports, flyers, t-shirts, buttons, ambient media, and the web represent media applications explored and discussed in this course.
Course was last updated June 5, 2012 - 5:43 PM