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Visual Studies

Nichola Kinch, Area Head

Tyler School of Art Building 230C

nmkinch@temple.edu

215-777-5191

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies enables students to develop an interdisciplinary studio practice. The curriculum organizes multiple approaches to visual thinking that cut across various disciplines into a logical whole. Students in this major develop studio practices from a variety of aesthetic, theoretical, scientific, sociological, and historical viewpoints. Students learn to consider medium, its impact on the image and message of a piece, and the work's social and cultural context. The major is comprised of a stimulating blend of studio and academic courses that provide graduates with a sound basis for pursuing graduate study in studio art, art history, art theory and criticism, or visual anthropology.



Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Visual Studies

A minimum of 122 hours is required for the degree.

University Requirements

  • Students must complete the university's General Education curriculum.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple University as part of the major. The writing-intensive courses are identified below, with a "WI" in the Attribute column.

Visual Studies Major Foundations Requirements

  • Visual Studies 1151, 1351, and 1651
  • Tyler School of Art 1071
  • Foundation Program 1501 (freshman seminar)

Visual Studies Major Studio Requirements

  • Select one Concept studio from Visual Studies at the 2xxx level
  • Select 2 Hybrid studios from Visual Studies at the 3xxx level
  • Select 1 Interdisciplinary studio from Visual Studies at the 4xxx level
  • Select 5 studio electives from either Visual Studies, Community Arts (not 3011) or 2000 level Crafts, PDS, or GAD
  • Visual Studies Interdisciplinary Seminars 1058, 2058, 3058, and 4098 (WI)
  • GAD 3896 Art Career Workshop (WI)

Visual Studies Major Art History Requirements

  • Art History 1155 and 1156

Visual Studies Major Academic Requirements

  • Select 3 Academic Elective courses at any level from within the University (but outside of Tyler departments)
  • Select 4 Upper Level Academic electives (2000+ level or above, from within the University but outside of Tyler)
  • Students must complete the second level of a foreign language: Arabic 1002; Chinese 1002; French 1002, German 1002; Greek (ancient) 1002; Greek (modern) 1002; Hebrew 1002; Hindi 1002; Italian 1002; Japanese 1002; Korean 1002; Latin 1002; Portuguese 1002; Russian 1002; Spanish 1002,1902; Vietnamese 1002.

 

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2013-2014 Academic Year

 

Freshman Year - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Foundations 1501 Introduction to Art & Design 1  
Art History 1155 or 1955 Art Heritage of the Western World I 3  
Tyler School of Art 1071 VS1 Introduction to Visual Studies: History, Theory, Practice 3  
Select two of the following Visual Studies Foundation courses: 6  
Visual Studies 1151 VS1 Foundation: Drawing ^    
Visual Studies 1351 VS1 Foundation: 3D    
Visual Studies 1651 VS1 Foundation: Digital Imaging    
Semester Total   17  
 
Freshman Year - Spring
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Art History 1156 or 1956 Art Heritage of the Western World II ^ 3  
Visual Studies 1058 VS1 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 1 3  
Select one of the following Visual Studies Foundation courses that was not taken in the previous semester: 3  
Visual Studies 1151 VS1 Foundation: Drawing ^    
Visual Studies 1351 VS1 Foundation: 3D    
Visual Studies 1651 VS1 Foundation: Digital Imaging    
Semester Total   16  
 
Sophomore Year - Fall
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Visual Studies, Crafts, GAD, PDS or ARTE   2xxx Studio elective**  3  
Visual Studies 2xxx VS2 Concept Studio  3  
Semester Total   15  
 
Sophomore Year - Spring
Visual Studies 2058 VS2 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 2 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Visual Studies, Crafts, GAD, PDS or ARTE   2xxx Studio elective** 3  
Semester Total   15  
 
 
Junior Year - Fall
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Language   Language Elective (first level language) 4  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Visual Studies, Crafts, GAD, PDS or ARTE   2xxx Studio elective**  3  
Visual Studies 3xxx VS Hybrid Studio 3  
Semester Total   16  
 
Junior Year - Spring
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society* 3 GG
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Language   Language Elective (second level language) 4  
Visual Studies 3058 VS3 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 3 3  
Visual Studies 3xxx VS3 Hybrid Studio 3  
Semester Total   16  
 
Senior Year - Fall
Visual Studies, Crafts, GAD, PDS or ARTE   2xxx Studio elective** 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Visual Studies 4xxx VS4 Interdisciplinary studio 3  
       
Semester Total   15  
 
Senior Year - Spring
Visual Studies, Crafts, GAD, PDS or ARTE   2xxx Studio elective** 3  
Visual Studies 4098 VS4 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 4 3 WI
GAD 3896 Art Career Workshop 3 WI
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Semester Total   12  
         
Total Hours for Visual Studies:     122  
         
^ These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.
*Summer or semester study abroad program will satisfy GenEd World Society requirement.
**Select studio electives from Visual Studies, Community Arts (not 3011) or 2000 level Crafts, PDS, or GAD

 

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