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The Visual Studies area emphasizes real-world skills to equip you for future employment and work as a practicing artist. You will acquire skills including digital imaging, curating, exhibition and project organization/management and video and sound production. The curriculum is structured to allow Visual Studies majors to gain concentrated experience in other areas of the department. Visual Studies alumni exhibit their work, curate exhibits in galleries, museums and other public venues and are active participants in the community.
BFA is Studio Art - Visual Studies Emphasis
Students may pursue a B.F.A. in Studio Art in this emphasis. The B.F.A. in Studio Art is designed for students interested in a professional degree in art or design. This degree will prepare students for a career as a professional Artists. Aside from Visual Studies, seven other Emphasis Areas are available to choose from in the B.F.A. degree.
- Visual Studies - Degree Checklist
- Visual Studies - Detailed 4-year plan
- Visual Studies - Learning Plan
- Visual Studies - Course Plan
- Visual Studies - Alternate Studio Elective Form
BA/BS in Art Education and Visual Studies Emphasis
Students may also pursue a BA or BS Degree in Art Education with a concentration in Visual Studies.
This emphasis area incorporates interdisciplinary approaches and stresses the role of digital media and context as primary considerations for the production and analysis of visual works. Using an integrated approach, the program equips majors with an essential array of technical, conceptual, political, and social capacities needed for effective cultural work. The emphasis also encourages interaction with the local community and facilitates students working collectively and interpretively with the civic environment.
The visual studies program incorporates work inside and outside the traditional classroom setting. The primary lab studio includes work spaces as well as critique areas for discussion and production. There are also ample technological resources for students work in video, sound, curatorial, and digital image-based media. Community-based workspaces and installations facilitate students working collectively and interpretively with their civic environment.
Prospective Students are invited to attend one of the High School Student Receptions, held throughout the academic year. Receptions follow the Laker Experience Days.
For questions about the Visual Studies area, please contact:
Visual Studies Coordinator
1117 Calder Arts Center