College of Fine Arts

Visual Studies - Minor

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Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art and Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

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859-257-8151

  • Minor

The Visual Studies Minor offers a more broadly based curriculum than that covered by traditional Art History, reaching into everyday life and popular culture to deal with all aspects of visual communication.  

Careers

Ours is a visual culture. Workplaces today are visually saturated envronments. We spend our free time consuming visual media through films, television, and the internet. Knowledge is increasingly communicated visually. The Visual Studies Minor curriculum teaches critical viewing skills to prepare students to successfully interpret and navigate the visual complexity of the 21st century, both inside and outside the workplace. Students from any college may choose to minor in Visual Studies.

Classes & Requirements

 

What You'll Study

 

This minor offer students a broad interdisciplinary selection of courses and methodologies from the arts, design, humanities and social sciences. In Visual Studies courses, students examine the production and consumption of images, objects and events in diverse cultures and within a global context. No more then four courses may be from Art History & Visual Studies (A-H prefix). At least two courses must be at the 300-level or above. Students may complete the minor with a selection of courses from Art Studio, Anthropology, Architecture, Classics, Communications, English, History, Interior Design, Integrated Strategic Communication, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Mass Media Studies, and foreign languages. See the specific requirements below:


Required Courses

 

  • A-H 101 - Introduction to Visual Studies
  • A-H 105 - World Art before 1400  OR  A-H 106 - Renaissance to Modern Art
  • Choose one course from:
    • A-S 102 - Two-Dimensional Surface
    • A-S 103 - Three-Dimensional Form
    • A-S 130 - Drawing
    • A-S 200 - Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • Any Art History and Visual Studies (A-H prefix) course at the 300-level

 

Optional Courses to Complete the Minor

 

In addition to the required courses, students must choose at least three courses from the following to complete a total of 21 credit hours to receive the Visual Studies Minor:

  • Any Art History and Visual Studies (A-H prefix) course (up to one additional A-H course may be counted in addition to the required courses above)
  • A-S 200 - Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time (if not already used as a required course option)
  • A-S 280 - Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 345 - Web Design
  • A-S 346 - Digital Video
  • ANT 450 - Symbols and Culture
  • ARC 212 - Architectural History and Theory I: 15th - 17th Centuries
  • ARC 213 - Architectural History and Theory II: 18th - 18th Centuries
  • ARC 314 - Architectural History and Theory III: 20th Century and Contemporary Architecture
  • ARC 315 - World Architecture and Urbanism
  • CHI 321 - Introduction to Contemporary Chinese Film
  • CLA 100 - Ancient Stories in Modern Films
  • CLA 135 - Greek and Roman Mythology
  • CLA 210 - The Art of Greece and Rome
  • COM 101 - Introduction to Communications
  • COM 249 - Mass Media and Mass Culture
  • COM 449 - Mass Media and Social Influence
  • COM 453 - Digital and Mass Communication Media Literacy
  • ENG 280 - Introduction to Film
  • ENG 284 - History of Film I
  • ENG 285 - History of Film II
  • ENG 480G - Studies in Film (Subtitle required)
  • FR 103 - French Cinema
  • GER 105 - German Film Today
  • GER 361 - German Cinema
  • HIS 597 - Westerners in East Asia, 1839 to the Present
  • ID 161 - History and Theory of Interior Environments I
  • ID 162 - History and Theory of Interior Environments II
  • ISC 161 - Introduction to Integrated Strtegic Communication
  • ISC 319 - World Media Systems
  • JOU 455 - Mass Media and Diversity (Subtitle required)
  • JPN 283 - Japanese Film
  • LA 205 - History of Landscape Architecture
  • MAS 520 - Social Effects of the Mass Media
  • MAT 247 - Dress and Culture
  • RUS 275 - Russian Film
  • RUS 370 - Russian Folklore (Taught in English)
  • RUS 372 - Russian Culture 1900-Present
  • SPA 371 - Latin Americna Cinema (Subtitle required)
  • SPA 372 - Spanish Cinema (Subtitle required)

 


Contact

jensen headshot

Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art and Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

859-257-8151