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Visual Studies Program

Visual Studies Program

Visual Studies enables students to acquire a critical awareness of seeing, and of the problems and possibilities for investigating, thinking, and writing about seeing in the 21st century.
 Students explore the status of images as representations or models of visual experience and as bearers of information, and develop skills in interpreting artifacts visually. Courses in this program provide an overview of the disciplines that investigate human vision (e.g. communications, cognitive science, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, art history, fine arts, film studies), and students are encouraged to explore areas of convergence among these disciplines. Working with Fine Arts faculty, students also develop skills in the making of art ranging from the two- and three-dimensional to the digital. Each student develops a special area of competence in one of the three sectors of the major: Philosophy and Science of Seeing (PAS), Art and Culture of Seeing (ACS), or Art, Practice, and Technology (APT). 

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