MA in Visual Studies

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painting by Johnson.

The MA in Visual Studies is a 36-credit program of study designed for a small, selective body of students. Courses provide foundations in critical theory and visual analysis, with individual professors specializing in the intersection of art and post-colonial studies, gender studies, queer theory and the social histories of art. Students will work closely with faculty in developing an individualized, interdisciplinary course of study. This Master’s program is ideal for students who wish to pursue a range of careers in the arts and is equally valuable for those seeking to develop visual, analytical, and communicative skills. Recent graduates have gone on to work in museums and art galleries and to enroll in a variety of PhD programs in the humanities. The MA is structured as a 2-year program, although it can be completed in a shorter period of time.

Program Plan

Core Courses, 9 Credit Hours

  • VS 501 Intro to Visual Studies (3)
  • VS 505 Tactics of Praxis (3)
  • VS 521 Introduction to Critical Theory requirement (3)

Directed Electives, 21 Credit Hours
Up to 9 credit hours may be independent studies and/or supervised readings

Master’s Thesis, 6 Credit Hours

  • VS 598 Thesis Guidance
  • VS 598 Thesis Guidance

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