CCA Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies

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Today’s intricate and immense visual arena demands new forms of analysis and understanding. It calls for cultural critics who can write eloquently for diverse audiences in a multiplicity of forms and venues.

In examining the seminal role of images, artifacts, and visual experiences in contemporary society, the MA Program in Visual & Critical Studies emphasizes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study, historical grounding, social and political analysis, and the artistic aspects of written communication. Our program offers a rigorous but supportive environment in which to explore and develop three crucial, interrelated skills: attentive viewing, analytical perspective, and creative and critical writing.

Through our various forums and lectures students encounter writers, critics, scholars, artists, curators, and designers from around the world who explore our complex visual landscape. Our distinguished faculty comes from various disciplines across the college, including fine arts, art history, architecture, architectural history, design, design history, and critical studies.

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