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VLST 101. Eye, Mind, and Image. (C) Hatfield/Leja.

Fulfills General Education requirements in Sectors IV (Humanities and Social Sciences) and VII (Natural Science and Mathematics). This course is required of all Visual Studies Majors (Stage 1)

Visual Studies 101 provides an introduction to the collaboration of eye, mind, and image that produces our experience of a visual world. How and what do we see? How do we perceive color, space, and motion? What is an image? Does seeing vary across cultures and time? What can art tell us about vision? Is there a 21st-century form of seeing? 

This course combines different approaches to the study of vision, drawing from psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, history of art, and fine art. Professors representing two or three disciplines present lectures that demonstrate the methods of their disciplines and draw connections across fields.  

VLST 102. 2 Dimensions: Forms and Meanings. (C) Bendtsen/Hyland 

This course is required of all Visual Studies Majors (Stage 1 or 2) (Sector C ArchPT must complete VLST 102 in Stage 1)

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of image making, focusing on the development of observational skills and analytical thinking.

We will look at conventions of pictorial representation across time and cultures; discuss types of visual information and modes of formal language; explore visual narrative techniques; and seek to expand our understanding of the role images play in our culture. 


VLST 103. 3 Dimensions: Time and Space. (C) Freedman/Verstegen

This course is required of all Visual Studies Majors (Stage 1 or 2)

Through studio projects, readings and class discussion, this class will begin to address, both conceptually and physically, basic 3D structures and translations between 3D and 2D, as well as materiality, experiential phenomena, light, and time-based processes.

The interconnection between mediums in our cultural climate employs a wide range of tools, processes, and ideas. It is imperative that visual studies students recognize and think through these connections. The work produced and ideas confronted in this class will facilitate discussions and constructive criticism on the fundamentals of space and time via the experiential, conceptual, and the formal as essential elements of meaning.