Date of Award

Summer 8-2022

Degree Type




First Advisor

Dr. William Nieberding

Second Advisor

Dr. Maggie Leysath

Third Advisor

Dr. Janice Cho

Fourth Advisor

Mr. Piero Fenci


This research and the objective were to investigate the firsthand experience of

visual culture art education in an after-school art program. The after-school

program was focused mainly on an underserved population. We focused our

concentration on the social media app TikTok. The author investigated visual

culture theorists and discovered ideas from Terry Barrett and his use of

denotations and connotations and their relationship to art. The participants were

members of the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches who analyzed TikTok

videos using annotations and denotations, then in return created their own

individual videos inspired by an original TikTok video. The participants discussed

and analyzed TikTok videos which led to deeper discussions into the customer

services industry, African American representation, and internet safety. Through

observations and discussions, along with individual and group interviews, the

research project led to the need for narrow guidelines on visual culture, social

justice, and safety on the internet.

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