Description of the Program

Program Format

  • The study program extends over four semesters, in two academic years. 
  • We recommend that courses included in division A and most of those in division B be completed during the first two semesters.
  • We recommend that the second year be devoted to the elective courses in division B, courses in division C and the final project. 
  • In each of the two years, four meetings of the Department Seminar will be held.
  • We recommend completion of the entire program within two academic years. However, studies must be completed within five years, as is the rule in all academic institutions in Israel.

Study Days

Studies take place twice weekly, one full day, and one half day.
In the academic year 2010-2011, studies will take place on Tuesday (full day) and Sunday (half day).


The entire program includes 48 semester credits. Courses are organized in three divisions of study, each containing required and elective courses.

A: General studies in education and teaching/learning development (13 semester credits)
This division includes courses in contemporary topics in advanced research systems, in designing learning environments, and in learning / teaching approaches that have a critical character and look in alternative directions (multi-cultural, community oriented, environmentally motivated).

B: Theory and methodology in visual literacy studies (16 semester credits)
This division includes courses that examine the theoretical and methodological aspects of visual literacy such as modes of understanding, alternatives and parallels to spoken language, modes of creativity, cognitive processes and communication through visual means, cinema, architecture, environment, digital culture, folk culture.

C: Research and studies of creativity in visual literacy (12 semester credits)
This division explores and focuses on the functions of visual literacy in education. The courses, as well as the seminar, emphasize the pedagogical, the aesthetic, and the ethical aspects that anchor visual literacy in education and emphasize the social and environmental obligations that can be dealt with using its tools.
In addition to the divisional courses:

In addition to the three divisions:

  • Final Project Workshop (4 semester credits)
  • 8 meetings of the Department Seminar (3 semester credits)