Academics

Visual Studies

  • IMG - Lang Visual Studies

    Explore the power of visual images in contemporary culture through Lang’s Visual Studies concentration, from great paintings and photographs in world-class museums to cutting-edge installations and experimental performance art to the constant stream of pictures and videos in the mainstream media.

    Lang’s Visual Studies concentration offers a distinctive approach to the study of the history and theory of art as well as the broader field of visual culture. By learning to analyze and interpret images, artworks, and objects, you will gain deeper insight into issues such as race, class, gender and sexuality, nationality and citizenship, science and technology, the global political economy, and the environment. In addition to studying the theory, practice, and culture of seeing in rigorous academic seminars, you will also gain valuable knowledge about artworks and institutions through courses in curatorial and museum studies. Visual Studies helps you understand the role of images through history and in the world around us today.

    You can take Visual Studies as a concentration (BA, The Arts), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Arts majors can also choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they combine study of the visual arts with a study of a liberal arts discipline. (Students majoring in The Arts cannot both concentrate and minor in the same discipline.)

    The University and New York City

    Dive deep into New York’s arts scene through institutional partnerships and courses developed around specific collections or exhibitions at cultural institutions that include

    • Anthology Film Archives
    • International Center of Photography
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Museum of Modern Art
    • New Museum
    • Public Art Fund
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Studio Museum in Harlem
    • Whitney Museum of American Art
    • Museum of Modern Art

    Internships are available with major museums, art galleries, art studios, photography studios, film companies, and art auction houses.

    You can complement your Visual Studies courses with select classes in other Lang programs such as Culture and Media, and in other parts of The New School, including practice-based classes at Parsons School of Design. You can also apply for the dual-degree BA/BFA program in partnership with Parsons.

    Career Paths

    Visual Arts students go on to pursue advanced studies in anthropology, art history, film and media studies, gender studies, museum studies, and race and ethnicity studies, and also become arts administrators, curators, gallery or museum staff, journalists, publishers, and practicing artists.

    Students can study Visual Studies as a concentration (BA, The Arts), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Arts majors can also choose the Arts in Context concentration, in which they combine study of the visual arts with a study of a liberal arts discipline. Students majoring in The Arts cannot both concentrate and minor in the same discipline.

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