Visual and Information Literacy in the Study of Costume: Parallel Pedagogies
This poster presentation will focus on the visual literacy that is central to costume design and history, and will address the complexities of integrating visual literacy with information literacy that are not immediately evident in the field. The presenters, a costume designer and a librarian, have collaborated on several assignments for students of costume design and history that address combining visual and information literacy.
While costume is clearly a facet of visual culture it is a complex topic, requiring visual and information literacy on many different levels. In design, students must “slow down and notice” to understand the process of seeing. Students develop their understanding of how visual components such as shape, texture, line and color work together to create meaning and evoke emotional responses. In costume history, both visual and information literacy facilitate the understanding of styles and how they reflect culture. Students study art and other visual aspects of a given time period and learn to analyze and evaluate imagery within the context of multiple sources of information.
Assistant Professor of Costume Design and History
Department of Theatre and Dance
Research Services Librarian/Faculty Outreach Coordinator
Information Services & Resources