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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 150LEC Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
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    Introduces and explores visual, aesthetic, and critical theory, and the social and cultural dynamics that inform and influence contemporary art making. Required for first-year B.F.A. and B.A. Art Program majors. Lab fee. LEC/REC

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • VS 200LEC Department of Art Speakers Series
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    The Department of Art Speakers Series is comprised of lectures by visual arts professionals practicing in the fields of visual art, design, multi-media, cultural theory, and criticism. Exposes students to a wide range of viewpoints, art practice, and contemporary theory. Speakers change each semester. This course is the same as DMS 200 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • VS 220LEC Topics in Visual Studies
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    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 260LEC Visual Theory, Aesthetics and Criticism 2
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    Examines visual theory, aesthetic philosophy, and critical theory and their application to and effects on visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Provides a broad grounding in both Modern and Postmodern thought based upon a carefully considered exposure to a set of representative primary texts. Lab fee.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • VS 300LEC Topics in Visual Studies
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    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 375LEC Science, Culture, and Emerging Media
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    Introduces critical issues in science, culture, and emerging media-especially as they pertain to contemporary artistic practice. Topics are addressed through artists' works; selected readings include historical trends, biotechnology, virtuality, net theory, and cultural resistance. Lab fee. This course is the same as DMS 375, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • VS 400SEM Topics in Visual Studies
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    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
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    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • VS 425LAB Designed Play
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    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
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    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 479SEM The Revolutionary Sublime
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    An advanced undergraduate seminar. Investigates the visual art that arose from revolutionary tensions between theory and everyday life in key European and American political upheavals.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • VS 480SEM Visual Culture Seminar: Discourse and Deconstruction
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    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
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    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: Mar 25, 2019 15:45:57