Visual Culture program for undergraduates

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New interdisciplinary program

The global reach of media industries today challenge us to comprehend how the visual arts—whether screen, performance, painting, design, and architecture—have formed and are changing world cultures and societies.

The Faculty of Arts' newest interdisciplinary program investigates the history and theory of spatial media and the performance of images, recognizing the rapidly growing international contexts and vastly diverse cultures of spectatorship.

Visual Culture offers undergraduates minor and major options for examining the role of visual culture in society from a variety of perspectives and is comprised of courses in Fine Arts, English, Anthropology, Germanic and Slavic, Drama, Speech Communication, Digital Arts Communication, Philosophy, Women's Studies, Religious Studies, Classical Studies, Spanish, and Architecture.

One of the courses being offered this Winter 2012 is Visual Culture (VCULT) 100 “World Cinema and Visual Culture” an introduction to film analysis via national cinemas of the last 10 years, taking into account their worldwide reception and the role of new technologies.  This class acknowledges not only the importance of multiple languages and cultures on the planet today but also the rapidly growing international contexts, complicated chains of production and distribution, and vastly different cultures of spectatorship.

Visual Culture poster (PDF).

There are three plans associated with the Visual Culture program:
Minor - Visual Culture in a Global Context
Major - Art History and Visual Culture
Major - Film Studies and Visual Culture
Details for each can be found at the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar

The core Visual Culture courses are:
VCULT 101 - running this Fall 2011 (no pre-reqs or reserves)
VCULT 100 - running Winter 2012
VCULT 200 - scheduled for 2012-13
VCULT 300 - scheduled for 2013-14
For details see: Visual Culture course calendar

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