New undergraduate program

Visual and Media Studies classes for major and minor now available

December 12, 2011—A new interdisciplinary major in Visual & Media Studies is now available at the University of Redlands. Classes for this new major in the College of Arts and Sciences started in fall 2011.

Visual & Media Studies students will learn how to engage critically with a wide array of historical and contemporary media, from the printing press to post-network television. According to Piers Britton, inaugural Director of the Visual & Media Studies program, “…we’ll teach our students not to be suspicious, but to be critical of what they see on television, ads, billboards, tablets and computer screens.”

The interdisciplinary program draws on a rich offering of courses from diverse academic fields across the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum including:

  • Art and Identity 
  • Designing for Science Fiction Television
  • Film Genres and Auteurs 
  • Gender, Media and U.S. Culture 
  • Multimedia Programming 
  • Popular Culture 
  • Theories of Media and Visual Culture 
  • Visual Ethnography

Drawing from real-world experience, the new major will offer students the opportunity to learn from those who practice in the area of Visual Arts. Visiting scholar June Hudson will be teaching the Visual & Media Studies course “Designing for Science Fiction Television” in May 2012. Hudson is a distinguished costume designer for BBC productions ranging from “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” to “Doctor Who.”

Visual & Media Studies graduates will develop their visual competency, the understanding of what’s at stake in visual representation and communication, according to Britton.

“This competency will serve as a firm foundation for students to pursue graduate degrees in Media Arts and Business of Entertainment,” Britton said. He added that the program will also prepare students for professional careers in Media, Art Direction, Set and Costume Design, Event Planning, and Non Profit Management.

For more information about the new Visual & Media Studies program, contact Dr. Piers Britton, director of Visual & Media Studies, at

Media contact: 909-748-8070,  

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