What is Visual Studies?

Since antiquity, vision has been both celebrated and distrusted as a source of knowledge. Visual signs and systems are at once the oldest and newest means of communication and arguably, the most crucial for 21st-century research and scholarship. Visual studies demands an interdisciplinary approach that addresses diverse media while critically examining the practices of seeing, showing, and knowing, whether in art museums or photo albums, in movie multiplexes or magnetic resonance labs, on desktop computers or in digital image libraries. There are few areas of study that form as much of a crossroads for USC's strategic interests in globalization, communication, and urbanization.


Why a Graduate Certificate Program?

This certificate provides graduate students with the tools and knowledge necessary to think critically about visual objects and experiences and to bring that thinking to bear on their ongoing scholarly work and doctoral research. Students will combine the sustained analysis of specific representations with attention to broader philosophical frameworks and historical conditions.

The Visual Studies Graduate Certificate is designed for USC graduate students whose scholarly work includes a significant focus on visual culture. Rather than attending to visual forms (e.g. art, film, photography, advertising, digital media, illustrated books) in isolation from one another, the certificate considers the overlaps between images, texts and material objects as well as the alternative modes of interpretation such overlaps demand.

 

How Do I Enroll in VSGC?

Graduate students wishing to enroll in the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate should email VSGC Academic Advisor Jeanne Herman at jaherman@usc.edu. 

Upcoming Events

Method, Madness, and Montage: From Aby Warburg to A Beautiful Mind

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W.J.T. Mitchell,
Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
August 29
DML 241
4pm
 

 

 

 


 

Look Out!
Visual Culture and the Future of the Humanities

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August 29-30
University of Southern California
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Petrified Vision, Animate Wood: On the Photography of African Sculpture
 
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Megan Luke
Assistant Professor of Art History, USC
Tuesday, September 9
7-9PM
 

 


 

VSRI Back to School Graduate Student Lunch
 
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September 10
12:30-2:00pm
University Club
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Celebrating New Publications from the VSRI
 
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Tuesday, September 16
12:30-2:00PM
SOS 250
 

 


 

Depicting Spanish American Nature
 
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Thursday, September 18
12-2PM
SOS 250
 

 


 

VSRI Postdoc Welcome Reception
 
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Wednesday, October 1
4:00-5:30PM
Doheny Memorial Library 240
 

 


 

The Eternal Child: On Expecatations in the History of Photography
 
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Jan von Brevern 
Postdoctoral Researcher, Art History Department
Freie Universität Berlin
Tuesday, October 7 
7-9pm
 

 


 

VSGC Grant Writing Workshop
 
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Saturday, October 11
9:00AM-5:00PM
SOS 250
 

 


 

Building Cinematic Worlds: Production Design in 20th-Century American Film
 
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Monday, October 20
4-6PM
Doheney Memorial Library, Herklotz Room
 

 


 

Of(f) Museums: The Presentation of Anthropological Photographs in the Open Air
 
 
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Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Cultures of the Curatorial Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
Friday, November 14
12-2PM
SOS 250
 

 


 

The Gay Essay
 
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Tuesday, November 18
Discussion from 7-8pm followed by a reception from 8-9pm
Brown Auditorium, LACMA
 
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