Today's vast and intricate visual arena demands new forms of critical analysis. It calls for cultural critics who can write eloquently for diverse audiences in a range of formats.
The Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies aspires to create an interdisciplinary and culturally diverse framework within which to bring historical, social, and political analysis, as well as formal analysis, to bear on the interpretation of the visual world. Our goal is to train students to write professionally about the visual arts and visual culture.
The MA Visual and Critical Studies degree encompasses core courses, electives, forums, workshops, and lectures. Students encounter professionals from around the world who explore the complexities of the contemporary visual landscape.
Our distinguished faculty members, drawn from departments and programs across the college, have been trained in disciplines that include art history, architecture, architectural history, design, design history, fine arts, curatorial practice, creative writing, philosophy, cultural studies, and critical studies.
We offer a rigorous yet supportive context in which to develop four interrelated areas of expertise: attentive viewing, critical thinking, cogent writing, and visually enhanced public speaking. We particularly encourage students who are interested in exploring innovative forms and arenas of critical expression.
We welcome highly motivated applicants from a broad spectrum of cultural, professional, and academic backgrounds who believe that criticism can effect positive change in our sociopolitical, as well as visual, environment.
Visual & Critical Studies Satellite Website
The Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies satellite website serves as a hub for the VCS community and its happenings. Whether you are interested in learning more about the work of our current graduate students, connecting with alumni and core faculty, exploring VCS’s interdisciplinary curriculum, or learning about upcoming nonpublic events, this separate website offers a variety of information to connect those interested with CCA’s growing network of VCS scholars.
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