The Visual Studies concentration offers a distinctive approach to the study of the history and theory of art (including painting, photography, film, new media, performance) as well as the broader terrain of visual culture (including digital technologies, television, sound, and popular culture). Most courses in the Visual Studies curriculum are suitable for students at any level of artistic training and experience. Courses that require prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions.
Concentrating in Visual Studies
The Visual Studies concentration requires the following courses:
- Skybridge Curatorial class chosen from the following:
- LARS 2208 Skybridge Curatorial Project, LARS 2209 Skybridge Sound, or LARS 2250 Practicing Curating
- LARS 3155 Methods of Art History
- Four Art History or Visual Studies electives
- Two Practice-based Visual Arts courses
- ULEC 2320 Aesthetics or another designated course in aesthetics
- Three Integrative Arts courses identified by the subject code LINA (code LAIC before Fall 2010)
- Senior Capstone project, either the Senior Seminar or an Individual or collaborative independent project
Arts in Context
Students interested in studying visual arts may also choose the Arts in Context concentration, where they can combine study of the visual arts with a liberal arts subject. For example, a student can fine art combined with arts criticism and journalism by taking courses in Literary Studies. Other majors and minors such as Psychology, Urban Studies, and Social Inquiry also can provide wider contexts for visual art studies.
Minor in Visual Studies
Students majoring in a different program than The Arts may be able to elect an academic minor in Visual Studies. Students interested in completing the minor should review the minor curriculum below and speak with the program coordinator before declaring.
- One introductory course (LARS 2216 Introduction to Art History and Visual Studies; LCST 2120 Cultural Studies; PLVS 2500 Introduction to Visual Culture)
- One course in methodology or theory (examples include LARS 3155 Methods of Art History; PLAH 4098 Theories of Avant-Garde; LCST 4460 Cultural Criticism; LCST 4457 Current Controversies in Critical Theory; LCST 3411 Cultural Studies)
- Three electives in art history and visual studies (including media studies and film; and LINA courses), listed or approved by the Coordinator, at least two of which must be 3000 level or above. At least one of these electives must be a course that takes a global perspective.
In all concentrations of the Arts major, students must receive grades of C or higher in all courses taken to meet the requirements for a major or minor in The Arts.