w/ Dr. Gabrielle Filip-Crawford (Psychology) | St. Catherine University
Building on George Orwell’s controversial claim that “all art is propaganda,” this course will explore the art and psychology of advertising, propaganda, and other persuasive visual media. Combining methods of scientific and visual analysis, students will investigate how both historical and contemporary images are constructed and consumed. In learning to apply psychological theories of influence, students should expect to engage with diverse media including contemporary art, political advertisement, public service announcements, military propaganda, cartoons, caricature, product advertising, and branding. Upon completion, students will have the tools to be critical consumers of art and visual culture.
Awarded an Academic Professional Development Committee Grant for Curriculum Development (2017).
This course will be offered in Fall 2019 through the Honors Program at St. Catherine University.
Image is a poster by Constructivist artist Aleksandr Rodchenko titled Books in All Branches of Knowledge (1924). A copy of the poster can be found in the Rodchenko Archive in Moscow, Russia.