Learning Goals

Upon graduation, a student will be able to:

Major-Specific Areas of Knowledge

  • Demonstrate an ability to critically situate artists, movements, artworks, artifacts, exhibitions and other visual practices within larger historical frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the historiography of the study of visual texts and artifacts.
  • Demonstrate a facility with contemporary cross and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of visual texts and artifacts.
  • Understand the interconnectedness of cultural production across different geographic and historical contexts.

Accessing Academic Community/Resources

  • Retrieve and evaluate relevant resources from libraries, databases, archives and collections.

Communication

  • Express ideas cogently through forms of oral and written communication, including visual analyses, in-class presentations, reviews, curatorial texts, research papers and examinations.

Critical Thinking

  • Synthesize, assess and apply existing scholarship to the study of visual texts and artifacts.
  • Analyze visual texts and artifacts through their socio-political roles, cultural and market values, materiality, iconology, aesthetics and ethics.

Research Experience

  • Generate original analyses of artists, movements, artworks, artifacts, exhibitions and other visual practices based on primary and secondary sources.