School of Arts, UNLP (National University of La Plata)

  • School of Arts, UNLP (National University of La Plata)
  • Location: La Plata
  • Province: Buenos Aires:
  • Country: Argentina
  • Level: University
  • Management: Public/State-run
  • Years participating in the Programme: 2019, 2021

With more than 30 professors and more than 500 students attending annually, Visual Language 3 (LV3) is a chair of the UNLP School of Arts that combines the service-learning pedagogy and the arts through an educational practice that links illustration, visual arts, graphic design and editorial design since 2009.

It produces children’s books and audio-visual shorts intended for community-based organizations and schools known by their social or solidarity work and with whom the chair formalizes agreements through the School of Arts. The books are donated to these institutions without any profit for the chair, the students or the authors. During its ten years, they have produced over 4000 books and 120 audio-visual shorts that work as “trailers” for each production. It has also received several awards, including a Mention from the Jury of the Presidential Award “Solidarity Education Practices in Higher Education” presented by the National Ministry of Education.

LV3 provides diverse training in audio-visual media, optimizing the creation of unique and handcrafted books (using a catalogue of texts for children, young people and adults, with free themes and genres as a starting point for students) and in very different edition formats. In addition, it works with school teachers and leaders of the target organizations to tailor their editions to the community’s needs.

At the end of each year’s course, the chair celebrates “Ilustranimada”, an exhibition open to the University and the general public that compiles the annual production, with great repercussions inside and outside the institution.

This experience contributes to the construction of a student profile committed to society, promoting, on the one hand, artistic work regarding aspects of solidarity and participation in the community and, on the other hand, labour-market insertion in the cultural industries of the region.

Currently, they are working to produce their books in digital format, including augmented reality, while creating a digital library of present and past productions on the Internet.