Visual Studies Undergraduate Minor

A critical approach to art history is the departure point for the undergraduate minor in visual culture, which is dedicated to the analysis of the visual arts, broadly defined to include fine art, film and television, photography and video, illustrated books, advertising, architecture, and design. Students in the visual culture minor elect from one of three concentrations: photography, film, and the reproduction of images; popular culture; or gender and sexuality.

Summer MDA 599: Atlas Fever: From the Wunderkammer to the Database


Registration is now open for the USC VSRI-affiliated summer seminar taught by W. J. T. Mitchell (University of Chicago) and Justin Underhill (University of Southern California). The seminar, titled "Atlas Fever: From the Wunderkammer to the Database," will be held at the Getty Research Institute. What is involved in trying to comprehend a totality with a visual array? This seminar will investigate practices of visual display that construct totalizing assemblages of multiple images, texts, and objects in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of a situation, period, or body of knowledge. For a full course description, see here.





  • Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program
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