Advanced Visual Studies

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Following Nicholas Mirzoeff's definition of Visual Culture, Advanced Visual Studies provides students with ""a tactic for studying the functions of a world addressed through pictures, images, and visualizations, rather than through texts and words"". Thus, the course has three main goals: a) to provide a deep understanding of a wide range of methods, approaches, themes, and paradigms that constitute image-based research; b) to invite students to rethink the role and function of the critic in an image-saturated culture; and c) to develop an innovative form of research that employs a mixture of visual methods and analytical approaches within one study. The course's scope is not limited to the study of representation alone as participants will extend their investigations into the material production, dissemination, and semiotics of images and imaging systems in all their various manifestations - artistic, popular, and commercial.