Visualizing the Liberal Arts was a multifaceted initiative intended to support the development of a curriculum designed to prompt students to express ideas visually and to use visual forms of evidence in argumentation.
The curricular goals of the initiative were to:
- Heighten facility with visual inquiry, including ability to translate between verbal and visual codes, to integrate verbal and visual discourses, and to create, manipulate and use visual mental models.
- Improve abilities to observe, describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate visual content, including the contexts in which visual materials are embedded and which mediate our understanding of what we are seeing.
- Sharpen abilities to communicate, make arguments, present ideas, conduct research, and/or otherwise use visual materials to express ideas and knowledge, including the development of a sophisticated interdisciplinary vocabulary for describing visual matters and materials.
- Acquire competence in using a range of technologies and techniques for creating and producing visual materials.
- Develop acumen for understanding the ethical issues related to the manipulation and use of visual representations, including intellectual property rights and proper attribution methods for use of visual resources.