VCM5618EN - Black Visual Culture

Course description

This is a Black Visual Culture capstone seminar focusing on advanced visual studies theories, as well as individual senior projects undertaken Visual projects options include, Photography showing perspectives in social contrasts, Video -Public Service Advertising (30-60 seconds), Video - Political Music Video or Animation (2-3 minutes) or a short documentary film on an approved socially relevant topic (5 - 10 minutes).

How this course benefits students

Students will consider examine culture and politics through pre-colonial and colonial black art, archival photography, and black cinema, and the cultural politics that render production, reception and circulation particular for black subjects.

Why this course is important

This captone course in Black Visual Culture focuses on images in advertising, in television and in film for a specific focus on the black experience.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Visual Communication
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Joseph was given a coat of many colors by his father and it caused his brothers to hate him and sell him into slavery. The single gift that stood out in its exclusivvity, signified the love and favorism Joseph's father felt. This visualization, elevating Joseph in the esteem of his father, and separating Joseph from his brothers shows the power of of meaning in symbolism an in visualization.

Missionally driven

There is much education in visualization. Art does not just tell us about the subject, but also about the artist, images reveals the subject but moreso the photographer and the camera trained on a sequence of events reveals the motivations of the filmmaker. The stories and parables Jesus used the teach and spread the love of God, the way he painted images in the minds of his listeners, revealed of his immaculate temperament, and his mission.

Contextually informed

The ideology of the videographer or filmmakers and point of view from behind the camera, as well as the perspective they give of the subject will be discussed.

Interculturally focused

Black visual culture's impact in media, video, and film from inside and outside of the black space will be discussed.

Practically minded

Students will consider black visual culture in media advertising, in televison and film targeted to the black audience, and review media advertising, television and film in Africa in compraison.

Experientially transformed

Images in advertising, televions and film will be the focus of this course. The Students' capstone project will feature a topic from their experience.