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Seeing is believing. Or is it?: visual literacy in art & design education

  • Peter Wright (a1)

Visual forms of communication are dominant in the digital era. As the visual has increased in influence throughout contemporary culture, art & design slide collections, which would have traditionally helped users make sense of the visual world, have begun to rapidly disappear. How are students of art & design (and beyond) engaging with this visual proliferation now they can no longer rely on the support of the institutional slide collections and their expert staff?

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1. Sturken, Marita and Cartwright, Lisa, Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), 1.

2. Sontag, SusanOn Photography, (London: Allen Lane, 1978), 153.

3. Joan Fontcuberta, 2013, in Aaron Schumann, 2014, Time Magazine online Accessed 9 Apr 2014.

4. Elkins, James, The object stares back : on the nature of seeing, (London: Harcourt, 2008), 3.

5. Ibid., p. 4.

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Art Libraries Journal
  • ISSN: 0307-4722
  • EISSN: 2059-7525
  • URL: /core/journals/art-libraries-journal
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