During the period of architectural education, the students visually contact with several objects. In order to conduct this communication properly, it is required to possess visual language. In this study, it is aimed to analyze the students' skill level of visual literacy by comparing first-grade ones from Karadeniz Technical University Department of Architecture with final-year ones of Tevfik Serdar Anatolia High School. Consequently, the study examines the level inequity between two groups and handles the question whether or not 1-year period of architectural education makes any contribution to development of the students' visual literacy. It is concluded that it is enabled to improve - in a short time - visual literacy in architectural education by taking advantage of art objects. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.