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Visual Studies (VS)

VS Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    Visual Studies courses takes place in lecture halls and small seminar rooms, in on-campus museums and galleries and in the museums and the rich architectural landscape of Buffalo. Introductory-level lectures train students in techniques of visual decoding. Subsequent classes mix lectures with engaged student discussion and participation. Advanced students participate in a capstone course for seniors and have the option to take seminars and work closely with professors.

    About Our Facilities

    In addition to a variety of classrooms, Visual Studies courses have access to multiple on-campus galleries that provide a continuous stream of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and offer an array of internship opportunities for students.

    About Our Faculty

    Our faculty is concentrated in the modern and contemporary period, and we are also strong in ancient art and the relationship between art and political activism. Our faculty are specialists in theory, early 20th-century European art, performance and post war American art — all examined with careful attention to questions of gender, race and ethnicity.

    The highly ranked Department of Art faculty and staff consist of professionally and internationally active artists, scholars and technicians who make available a diverse range of discourse and expertise. A partial list of the fellowships and grants secured by our faculty suggests its strength: Rockefeller Foundation, Warhol Foundation, Terra Foundation, Smithsonian, Fulbright Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Aperture Foundation, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; New York Foundation for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, National Science Foundation and TED.

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the Department of Art website for additional information about our faculty.

  • VS 220LEC Topics in Visual Studies
    View Schedule VS 220LEC Topics in Visual Studies Lecture

    A course that explores different aspects of visual culture, which focuses on a different subject each semester that it is offered. Explores both the visual qualities and the critical analysis of a particular aspect of current and historical visual study.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • VS 300LEC Topics in Visual Studies
    View Schedule VS 300LEC Topics in Visual Studies Lecture

    A course that explores different aspects of visual culture, which focuses on a different subject each semester that it is offered. Explores both the visual qualities and the critical analysis of a particular aspect of current and historical visual study.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • VS 400SEM Topics in Visual Studies
    View Schedule VS 400SEM Topics in Visual Studies Seminar

    A course that explores different aspects of visual culture, which focuses on a different subject each semester that it is offered. Explores both the visual qualities and the critical analysis of a particular aspect of current and historical visual study.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • VS 415LAB Special Topics
    View Schedule VS 415LAB Special Topics Laboratory

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • VS 425LAB Designed Play
    View Schedule VS 425LAB Designed Play Laboratory

    Focuses on the changing role of "play" and its impact on contemporary cultural production. Investigates the following topics: how we currently define play - is it aimless, productive, meaningful; production of "play" and use of game-based models in consumer, educational and corporate culture; shifting boundaries between work and leisure. Integrates studio assignments with theoretical research and analysis from a broad range of platforms including: digital and non-digital gaming, virtual worlds, public space and situated technologies, interactive and environmental design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • VS 449SEM Topics in Contemporary Photography
    View Schedule VS 449SEM Topics in Contemporary Photography Seminar

    Combines lecture, readings, and class discussion in examining major issues in contemporary photography. Theoretical, critical, and historical topics vary each semester. Lab fee.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • VS 480SEM Visual Culture Seminar: Discourse and Deconstruction
    View Schedule VS 480SEM Visual Culture Seminar: Discourse and Deconstruction Seminar

    Provides the student with a critical examination of how the medium of photography has been philosophically problematized by poststructuralist theory, focusing upon visual culture and visual art. Lectures and directed reading provide the basis for discussion.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • VS 487SEM Visual Culture Seminar: Vision, Space, and Power
    View Schedule VS 487SEM Visual Culture Seminar: Vision, Space, and Power Seminar

    Students consider the issues surrounding how we visually conceptualize both space and gender and how they are interrelated, focusing upon visual culture and visual art. Lectures and directed reading provide the basis for discussion.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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Published: Jun 28, 2019 08:24:47