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Stage 2 Courses
VLST 301. What is Visual Studies?. (C) Leja or Hatfield.

Prerequisite(s): VLST 101 or Instructor Permission. This course is required of all Visual Studies Majors (Stage 2)

Visual Studies 301 is a seminar-format course that challenges students to develop independent ideas about how the eye, the mind and the image that is created therein, all work together to inform our conception of the world at large. Rather than present a unified viewpoint, the course asks the question, "What is visual studies?" by examining parallel and sometimes antagonistic approaches to the ways that human beings understand sight and the concept of visuality. Over the course of the semester, students will discuss and write about various approaches to vision, examining this contested field through the lenses of several disciplines -- including psychology, philosophy, and art history. By parsing and assimilating diverse ideas, students will decide for themselves what are the most pertinent and relevant approaches to the various avenues of research that present themselves in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Visual Studies. 

Sector A

VLST 305/505. What is an Image? Verstegen. 

This course may be applied to Visual Studies (Stage 2 or 3, Sector A) major requirements.

The course explores various concepts of images. It considers natural images (as in optics), images as artifacts, virtual images, images as representations, and works of art as images.  Themes to include: the image controversy in cognitive science, which asks whether some cognitive representations are irreducibly imagistic; the question of whether some images resemble what they represent; the development of the concept of the virtual image and of three-dimensional images; the notions of pictorial representation and non-representational images in art.  Readings from C. S. Peirce, Nelson Goodman, Robert Hopkins, Dominic Lopes, W. J. T. Mitchell, John Kulvicki, and Mark Rollins, among others. 


VLST 211/PSYC 111. Perception

VLST 212/PSYC 311/CSE 311. Research Experience in Perception

VLST 217/PSYC 217/BIBB 217. Visual Neuroscience


VLST 221/PHIL 244/PPE 244. Philosophy of Mind

VLST 222/PHIL 330. Philosophy of Perception

VLST 223/PHIL 223/423. Philosophy and Visual Perception


Sector B

VLST 303/503. The Rise of Image Culture: History and Theories.  Staff. 

This course may be applied to Visual Studies (Stage 2 or 3, Sector B) major requirements.

Images are ubiquitous in the cultural life of the 21st century, yet only two centuries ago they were rare. When and how did pictures come to permeate daily life? How has ordinary experience--psychological, social, cultural, intellectual--changed as a result? This seminar addresses these questions through close reading of influential historical and theoretical writings about the rise of image culture and its effects, including Benjamin, Debord, McLahan, Mitchell.


VLST 232/ARTH 102. Renaissance to Contemporary Art

VLST 233/ARTH 103/EALC 103. East Asian Art and Civilization

VLST 234/ARTH 104/SAST 200. South Asian Art

VLST 235/ARTH 235. Visual Culture of the Islamic World

VLST 236/ARTH 294. Art Now

ARTH 278. American Art

ARTH 286. Modern Art


Sector C 


VLST 250/FNAR 250. Introduction to Printmaking 

VLST 251/FNAR 271. Introduction to Photography

VLST 252/FNAR 145. Sculpture Practices

VLST 253/ FNAR 123. Drawing 1

VLST 260/FNAR 150. Photography Practices

VLST 261/FNAR 061. Video 1

VLST 264/FNAR 264. Art, Design and Digital Culture

VLST 265/FNAR 340. Digital Photography


ARCH 201. Visualization I: Representation

ARCH 202. Visualization II: Fabrication