All Art is Propaganda: Visual and Scientific Perspectives on Persuasion
HONORS 4990 | St. Catherine University
Co-taught with Gabrielle Filip-Crawford
Building on an edited volume of George Orwell’s writing titled “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.
Image Credit: (top) Cliff Chiang, Untitled (He Can’t Do it Alone), 2010. Originally made for Star Wars Galaxy Series 5, a series of Legends trading cards by Topps.
Image Credit: (bottom) Aleksandr Rodchenko, “Books,” 1924. Poster.