Course Title: ADVANCED VISUAL STUDIES
Program: Visual Studies
Course #: VISST-312-01 (1190)
Dates and Times: Thursday 04:00PM - 07:00PM
Campus and Room: Main San Francisco Building, Room W1, California College of the Arts
Advanced Visual Studies provides students with "a tactic for studying the functions of a world addressed through pictures, images, and visualizations, rather than through texts and words" (Nicholas Mirzoeff).
Thus, the course has three main goals:
a) to illustrate a wide range of methods, approaches, themes, and paradigms that constitute image-based research;
b) to invite students to rethink the role and function of the critic in an image-saturated culture;
c) to develop an innovative form of research that employs a mixture of visual methods and analytical approaches within one study.
The course's scope is not limited to the study of representation alone as participants will extend their investigations into the material production, dissemination, and semiotics of images and imaging systems in all their various manifestations - artistic, popular, and commercial. The approach is distinctly monographic, but not monolithic. Previous themes include "J.G. Ballard & visual culture," "Phenomenology of the Artworld(s)", and "Ideologies of digital culture".
This year's theme is "The Art of Controversy". Advanced Visual Studies will examine the works of cutting-edge art and artists and discuss their unique ability to both surprise and provoke us. Stay tuned"