Final Project and a Departmental Seminar

Final project

Submission of a final project is a requirement for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Visual Literacy. The final project deals with aspects of visual literacy that concern advancing educational goals, with special emphasis on social and environmental issues. Preference will be given to topics of a challenging nature in a social and environmental context in the educational arena.

The nature of the project

  • A project that is a visual creation in the art of design, the plastic arts or media, cinema music or the theater arts and dance. They should find expression in the school environment or in another educational environment.
  • A project that is an original development of a group of visual tools used in teaching any academic subject.
  • A project that involves curriculum development and deals with one of the visual, creative disciplines or in another academic discipline. The program must base itself on the principles of teaching from the visual literacy field, and should be suitable for application in formal or non-formal educational frameworks.

Final Project Workshop

The final project is accompanied by a workshop with a total of 4 semester hours. The workshop is continuous throughout the second academic year (2 semester hours each semester), and includes choosing the topic of the final project, and tutorial help all along the way. In this workshop, the stages of the project are set, a detailed plan is set, the research and the actual writing are supported. Different possibilities of methodological application are thoroughly investigated. The students gain here the tools to examine the aspects of the visual world that they choose for their paper.
The workshop is led by a team that includes the Program Director, senior members of the program staff and guest experts.

The Departmental Seminar: Discussions about Visual Literacy in Education

The function of the departmental seminar is to serve as a discussion forum to examine how modern society views and evaluates culture, in particular, culture presented by visual means and how this influences teaching and education, in the world and in Israel.
The following subjects, among others, are discussed:

  • The place of visual literacy as an evaluation tool in education towards media “consumption”
  • The phenomenon of visual creativity in the community in the non formal educational framework and its contribution to multi-cultural education.
  • Visual creativity as a unique added value in education that can emphasize environmental sustainability.
  • The place of visual literacy in building a learning environment
  • Approaches in analyzing visual representations used by the educational system in order to isolate stereotypes and to expose irregularity
  • The visual and the verbal as raw material for creating a meaningful impact in the public realm

The meetings of the department seminar are an integral part of the program and students are required to participate in them. The relevant texts, which will be related to in each coming meeting will be announced beforehand, so lecturers and students, both, may read them prior to the meetings.
The departmental seminar is led by the senior faculty of the program, guest lecturers and students who are completing their studies.