Minor in Visual Studies

The minor in Visual Studies enables motivated students to pursue their studio practice while engaging more deeply with a curriculum designed to enrich their critical, interpretive, and historical training.

Completing the Visual Studies minor does not increase the total number of units required to graduate. So for most students, pursuing the minor will not affect the number of courses taken either within the major or in the Humanities and Sciences areas.

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Visual Studies Minor: Required Coursework

For students first matriculating at CCA Fall 2016 and later:

[3 units] Introduction to the Arts (VISST-104)
[3 units] Introduction to the Modern Arts (VISST-108)
[3 units] Media History course(s) as required by major
[3 units] Intro to Visual Studies: Eye Openers (VISST-220)
[3 units] Any 200- or 300-level Visual Studies course (recommended: VISST 228 Contemporary Art History)
[3 units] Advanced Visual Studies (VISST-312) or VS Methods & Theory (VISST-300)
[3 units] Any 300-level Visual Studies course

21 TOTAL UNITS

A maximum of 12 units of transfer credit will count towards the minor, however the following VS minor requirements cannot be fulfilled by transfer credits:

  • Intro to Visual Studies: Eye Openers (VISST-220)
  • Advance Visual Studies (VISST-312) or VS Methods & Theory (VISST-300)

All coursework in the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better to fulfill minor requirements.

Distribution of Units

In order to satisfy the Visual Studies minor requirements, students (excluding those enrolled in the BArch program) will use:

  • Existing 12 units of Visual Studies requirements (incl. MH)
  • Existing 6 units of Humanities and Sciences 300-level requirements
  • Existing 3 units of Humanities and Sciences electives

Students enrolled in the BArch program will use:

  • Existing 12 units of Visual Studies requirements (incl. Hist. of Arch.)
  • Existing 6 units of Open Electives
  • Existing 3 units of Humanities and Sciences 300-level requirements

Advising

To further discuss the minor option, please contact one of the following: