Visual Culture and Communication

Faculty List

K. Jain, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
L. Kaplan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
J.P. Ricco, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
M. Sutherland, B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Jill Caskey

Associate Chair
Ruba Kana'an

Assistant to Chair
Kait Harper

Director/Curator of Blackwood Gallery
Christine Shaw
Room 3134A, CCT Bldg.

Undergraduate Counsellor
Steph Sullivan
Room 3051, CCT Bldg.


Visual Culture and Communication (VCC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum that provides students with a foundation in both visual cultural and communication studies (history, theory, and criticism) and digital communication practices (with courses taught at Sheridan Institute). The Specialist Program offers grounding in both the analysis of visual culture and the practices of visual communication. Students also take courses that are drawn from the Communication, Culture, Information & Technology program. Students graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Digital Communications from Sheridan College.

Increasingly, global cultures are dominated by visual communication, from art to advertising, propaganda to documentary photography, and film to websites. People of all generations are becoming active producers and consumers of visual culture. As digital technology expands, expertise in visual communication and design becomes essential for meeting the challenges of the global culture. VCC will prepare students to take an active and informed role in shaping 21st-century visual culture by bringing historical and theoretical study from multidisciplinary perspectives to bear on contemporary practice and debate.