Academics

Course Descriptions

VMS 101 Introduction to Visual & Media Studies.
Introduces students to the critical study of visual culture and the spectrum of media. Provides basic grounding in visual competency (i.e. the formal, semiotic and ideological analysis of visual expression and communication) and in the critical analysis of film, television, radio, interactive media and participatory media.

VMS 212 Television Aesthetics.
Explores the critical status of television entertainment, especially fiction, in relation to other media, focusing on stylistics but addressing issues such as media convergence, cult TV and fandom, and topics such as the critical recuperation of soap opera and melodrama, generic hybridity in the TV series, and “quality TV.”

VMS 260 Topics in the Politics of Representation.
Theoretically intensive exploration of the ways in which representation constructs gender, sexual, ethnic, and other identities, and also constructs difference and marginalization. Topics include discourses of female beauty, the embodiment of nationhood, the representation of Holocaust and racial violence, etc.

VMS 264 Special Topics in Visual & Media Studies.
Focuses on special topics, themes or projects in the fields of visual and media studies, including courses that combine critical and creative or production elements.

VMS 301 Theories of Media and Visual Culture.
Addresses critical and theoretical concerns that define visual and media studies as fields, including issues of cultural articulation and hegemony, problems of epistemology and aesthetics, concepts of “high” versus “popular” culture, theories of persuasion and attention, and media literacies in an era of media convergence.

VMS 495 Senior Seminar.
The first part of a two-semester capstone experience, within which students build upon, integrate, and extend previous VMS work through the design and development of a research paper or project. Prerequisites: VMS 101 and senior standing, or permission.

VMS 497 Capstone Project.
Students pursue a substantial independent project, realizing plans initially developed in VMS 495. In consultation with the director, students produce a research paper or other artifact synthesizing VMS work, and present it to their peers and a faculty examination committee. Prerequisite: VMS 495, or permission.


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