RATIONALE FOR THE VISUAL CULTURE PROGRAM
The Art Major with an emphas in Visual Culture was developed by Webster University’s Vienna campus in response to a world in which the image increasingly rivals the written word and in which images are most instrumental in shaping our collective and individual conceptions of reality. Visual Culture is an area of academic investigation that not only concentrates upon the past and its visual output in the field of high art but also takes an academic interest in all the visual phenomena occurring today, and in the social and political use of images and the cultural practices that emerge from the use of these images. The Visual Culture approach assumes that art interpretation is not viewed as mere perception, but as a production of meaning depending upon the viewpoint of the beholder in terms of class, gender, and cultural background
There is a need to train individuals who can analyze and interpret visual material in a knowledgeable way and make critical use of images. Graduates of the program are aware of pictorial and iconographic codes of the past and the corresponding artistic references. They reflect upon the cultural and economics circumstances of their art production and interpretation, and they are able to transmit this understanding to others through personal artistic expression, through formal art criticism, or through employment with public or commercial art institutions.
ART MAJOR WITH AN EMPHASIS IN VISUAL CULTURE
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Required Credits in the Department: 60 credits/ 20 courses
General Education Requirements: 27 credits/9 courses
Electives: 41 credits/14 courses
Courses with a grade of “D” cannot be used to fulfill departmental course requirements.
An entering student must either present a portfolio of her/his work or submit a writing sample
(2 pages) on a topic concerning art or visual culture. Portfolio reviews can be scheduled with the Director of the Webster Vienna Arts Programs and writing samples should be submitted with the student’s application for admission to Webster University in Vienna.
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in departmental courses at Webster University.
Visual Culture Foundation Courses – 15 credits
ARHS 2200 - Current Art 3 CR
ARHS 2210 - Introduction to the History of Western Art 3 CR
ARHS 2212 - Art, Business, and Visual Culture 3 CR
ART 1010 - Creative Strategies 3 CR
ART 2020 - Studio Seminar: Intro. to Visual Literacy 3 CR
ART 2900 - Art Major Acceptance Review 0 CR*
* After a student has completed 45 credit hours of course work he/she must pass a faculty review of their work. Transfer students who have met this qualification must participate in a review during their second semester at Webster University.
Studio Art Courses – 12 credits