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Visual Culture academic plans

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Four-year Honours academic plans | Three-year General academic plans Minor academic plans

Four-year Honours academic plans

Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture

The Honours Visual Culture academic plan focuses on the important role visual culture plays within culture and society. The academic plan is intended to be truly interdisciplinary with a focus on the history and theory of visual culture while recognizing the rapidly growing international contexts and vastly diverse cultures of spectatorship. The plan consists of a spine of five courses in visual culture, beginning with introductory courses that situate art and film within the wider context of visuality (i.e. how we see the world), followed by courses that address visual culture from a variety of disciplines and within diverse theoretical models, and culminates in an independent tutorial-style course in which students prepare a final-year thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. These courses are supplemented by at least 11 other courses that concentrate on different aspects of visual culture, chosen from more than one hundred possibilities taught in over 20 different departments and units across the university.

Students enrolled in the Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture academic plan may wish to enhance their plan by taking a second upper-level course (VCULT 401) in their final year that is a continuation of the final-year thesis.

Specific details about the Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture academic plan requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Arts and Business Co-op and Regular

Students may combine the Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture academic plans with Arts and Business.

Honours Double Majors

Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture may be taken in combination with most Arts majors in which an Honours major is offered or with many Honours majors in other faculties.  Information about Double Majors is available in the Academic Calendar.

Three-year General academic plans

Three-year General – Visual Culture

The Three-year General – Visual Culture academic plan is a less intensive version of the Four-year Honours plan. The plan consists of a spine of four courses in visual culture, beginning with introductory courses that situate art and film within the wider context of visuality (i.e. how we see the world), followed by courses that address visual culture from a variety of disciplines and within diverse theoretical models. These courses are supplemented by at least 8 other courses that concentrate on different aspects of visual culture, chosen from more than one hundred possibilities taught in over 20 different departments and units across the university. The academic plan is intended to be truly interdisciplinary with a focus on visuality.

Specific details about the Three-year General – Visual Culture academic plan requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Minor academic plans

Visual Culture in a Global Context Minor

The Visual Culture in a Global Context Minor is, like the major plans, interdisciplinary in its focus and in its investigation of the history and theory of visual culture. The Minor consists of eight courses, including an introductory course in either art history or film set within the wider context of visuality (i.e. how we see the world), followed by courses that address visual culture from a variety of disciplines and within diverse theoretical models. These courses are supplemented by at least 4 other courses that concentrate on different aspects of visual culture, chosen from more than one hundred possibilities taught in over 20 different departments and units across the university.

For more details, and a list of eligible courses, please check out Visual Culture in a Global Context Minor in the Academic Calendar.