The BA in Art is offered with a concentration in Visual Studies that incorporates art and design history with a cultural study of seeing. Understanding vision to be as much a product of lived culture and a phenomenon that is as dynamic, creative and social, as it is physical and biological, you will explore differing ways to interpret the visible world that surrounds us. You will learn history and theory of the visual arts and visual experience as we address connections between topics as wide-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the computer interface used in Apple’s Lisa. Visual Studies develops your critical insight into, and understanding of, what we see. It equips you for a life of rich and deep cultural experiences as our human civilization is expressed and continues to evolve.
This major is offered as BA in Art, with or without a concentration in Visual Studies.
Co-op divisions are YA and ZA.
CAMD Advising strongly recommends that you start the process by meeting with a faculty mentor in your new major to talk about your interests and goals for the major to make sure it’s the right choice for you. Once you’re ready to make the change, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your new Academic Advisor to make the change official and start planning for your next semester and beyond.
Any prerequisites should be taken before registering for 2000 level courses and above.
General learning outcomes
- Use art and design theory and history to analyze, frame, and critique creative works across a range of times, cultures, and media.
- Gather information and apply modes of inquiry based in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and visual arts to analyze and produce creative work.
- Demonstrate competency in visual, spatial, and/or time-based media through the production of creative works.
- Demonstrate collaborative learning skills through group discussion and critique
- Discuss creative works in light of their social and ethical implications.
Visual Studies concentration learning outcomes
- Describe research problems within the field of visual art and critically define the issues and scope of a research question for investigation or analysis
- Apply analytic skills – i.e. contextualizing historical precedents, deploying descriptive formal comparisons, and applying theoretical concepts – to the study and evaluation artworks, exhibitions and cultural artefacts.