Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Visual Studies * - Courses

VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
Visual Studies

Introduces and explores visual, aesthetic, and critical theory, and the social and cultural dynamics that inform and influence contemporary art making. Required for first-year B.F.A. and B.A. Art Program majors. Lab fee. LEC/REC

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


VS 200 Department of Art Speakers Series
Visual Studies

The Department of Art Speakers Series is comprised of lectures by visual arts professionals practicing in the fields of visual art, design, multi-media, cultural theory, and criticism. Exposes students to a wide range of viewpoints, art practice, and contemporary theory. Speakers change each semester.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



VS 220 Topics in Visual Studies
Visual Studies

A course that explores different aspects of visual culture, which focuses on a different subject each semester that it is offered. Explores both the visual qualities and the critical analysis of a particular aspect of current and historical visual study.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


VS 260 Visual Theory, Aesthetics and Criticism 2
Visual Studies

Examines visual theory, aesthetic philosophy, and critical theory and their application to and effects on visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Provides a broad grounding in both Modern and Postmodern thought based upon a carefully considered exposure to a set of representative primary texts. Lab fee.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



VS 300 Topics in Visual Studies
Visual Studies

A course that explores different aspects of visual culture, which focuses on a different subject each semester that it is offered. Explores both the visual qualities and the critical analysis of a particular aspect of current and historical visual study.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


VS 375 Science, Culture, and Emerging Media
Visual Studies

Introduces critical issues in science, culture, and emerging media-especially as they pertain to contemporary artistic practice. Topics are addressed through artists' works; selected readings include historical trends, biotechnology, virtuality, net theory, and cultural resistance. Lab fee.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



VS 400 Topics in Visual Studies
Visual Studies

A course that explores different aspects of visual culture, which focuses on a different subject each semester that it is offered. Explores both the visual qualities and the critical analysis of a particular aspect of current and historical visual study.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


VS 415 Special Topics
Visual Studies

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



VS 425 Designed Play
Visual Studies

Focuses on the changing role of "play" and its impact on contemporary cultural production. Investigates the following topics: how we currently define play - is it aimless, productive, meaningful; production of "play" and use of game-based models in consumer, educational and corporate culture; shifting boundaries between work and leisure. Integrates studio assignments with theoretical research and analysis from a broad range of platforms including: digital and non-digital gaming, virtual worlds, public space and situated technologies, interactive and environmental design.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


VS 449 Topics in Contemporary Photography
Visual Studies

Combines lecture, readings, and class discussion in examining major issues in contemporary photography. Theoretical, critical, and historical topics vary each semester. Lab fee.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



VS 479 The Revolutionary Sublime
Visual Studies

An advanced undergraduate seminar. Investigates the visual art that arose from revolutionary tensions between theory and everyday life in key European and American political upheavals.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


VS 480 Visual Culture Seminar: Discourse and Deconstruction
Visual Studies

Provides the student with a critical examination of how the medium of photography has been philosophically problematized by poststructuralist theory, focusing upon visual culture and visual art. Lectures and directed reading provide the basis for discussion.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



VS 487 Visual Culture Seminar: Vision, Space, and Power
Visual Studies

Students consider the issues surrounding how we visually conceptualize both space and gender and how they are interrelated, focusing upon visual culture and visual art. Lectures and directed reading provide the basis for discussion.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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