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Faculty Services

Faculty Teaching & Scholarly Services

The VML Hub collaborates with faculty to define and explore new experiential learning opportunities that support visual and media literacy and provides assignment support for students learning and using related software and technologies.

Dr. Rebecca Uchill, Art History professor working in the VML Hub

Faculty Services

  • Instructional Support
  • Liaison Instruction & Activities
  • Resources & Research Faculty Services
  • Teaching & Learning Facility
  • Publication Research & Support

Instructional Support

The VML Hub's supports CVPA faculty with curricular development, instruction, and student learning.

Dr. Anna Dempsey, Dr. Pamela Karimi, and Dr. Rebecca Uchill along with faculty and students working in the VML Hub.

Curriculum Assistance

The VML Hub staff partners with faculty to define and explore new experiential learning opportunities that support visual and media literacy and technologies. The staff assist faculty with research and course materials related to the creation and implementation of student assignments. We also provide students' instruction and assistance with their creative assignments and projects.

Course Material Submission

CVPA faculty are required to submit course materials. These materials are for internal purposes only. They are not available to the public.

Submit Course Materials


Liaison Instruction & Activities

The staff at the VML Hub offers in-class and out-of-class instruction and activities related to visual and media literacy and CVPA curriculum requirements. Liaison instructional sessions range from 20 minutes to 90 minutes based on the faculty’s requirements and student needs.  We also provide customized course study guides for students.

Director of VML Hub teaching 3D Architectural APP on IPads

Visual & Media Literacy Presentations (selected presentations)

  • Overview of VML Hub Resources & Services
  • Online Research Strategies for Images, Media & Citation Instruction
  • Visual and Media Literacy Basics
  • Copyright and Fair Use for Artists, Visual and Media Resources
  • Image and Media Asset Management Principles and Practices
  • Artists and Emerging Technologies
  • AR and the Medical Sciences
  • Reading Nineteenth-Century Photographs

Please note: If a topic is not listed, please contact the VML Hub. Our staff is happy to work with faculty to accommodate your instructional needs.

LUNA Training (image & media repository)

  • Faculty one-on-one in-office training or at the VML Hub facility
  • Student one-on-one and/or classroom training

Study Guides for Students

Inquiries & requests please contact VML Hub.

Resources & Research Faculty Services

Ananova News. Avatar Newcaster, ca. 2000. Computer graphics.

Research & Acquisition of Images & Media

The VML Hub staff assist faculty with research, location, and acquisition of image and media for classroom instruction.

Digital Production & Transfer Services

The VML Hub provides free digital production, and slide and media conversion services.

Image & Media Resources

The VML Hub is committed to high-quality authentic digital images and multimedia resources for classroom instruction, research, student assignments, and academic endeavors. These resources are available through LUNA,  the largest digital arts and humanities repository on campus. We also provide resource links to national and international museums, libraries and archives.

CVPA Equipment Bureau 

The VML Hub oversees CVPA Equipment Bureau comprised of photographic and media-based related items for classroom instruction or student assignments.

Teaching & Learning Facility

VML Hub facility is designed to be a flexible teaching and learning space.

Professor Michael Swartz and his students testing virtual reality in the VML Hub.

Teaching Space

The VML Hub accommodates impromptu class demonstrations, lectures, critiques, group assignments, and small meetings for about 22 people. The VML Hub is equipped with computers, Cintiqs, VR equipment, and software applications that support the CVPA curriculum.    

Faculty & Student Work Space

The VML Hub offers faculty and students a creative workspace for assignments.

  • Presentation and critique space
  • Computer and scanning stations
  • Tethered photographic, video and 3D capture copystand
  • Stop-animation table
  • Worktables
  • Large-scale mat and vinyl cutters

Study Space 

  • Quiet study space is available for faculty and students

Publication Research & Support

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Victor Acevedo. Eric in Orense, 2000. Inkjet print on paper

Picture Research & Permission Clearance

The VML Hub can help navigate and/or assist faculty with identification and permission to publish image resources. The VML staff has more than twenty-five years rights and reproduction experience in the negotiation in national and international copyright permission clearance. Please contact us if you need assistance

Digital Asset Management Assistance

Do you need assistance in the management of your digital file collections? Our staff is happy to assist faculty with the management of their digital assets.

Copyright Notice

Visual & Media Literacy Hub's digital collections are available to the UMassDartmouth campus community for the sole purpose of instruction, scholarship, and study in accordance with the Visual Resource Association Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study, and the College Art Association for Best Practice in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. All other uses are strictly prohibited and are subject to U.S. Copyright Laws.


Allison J. Cywin


College of Visual & Performing Arts, RM 257

Main Campus
285 Old Westport Road •  Dartmouth MA 02747

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