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Visual Studies

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-intensives 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

Visual Studies Major Studio Requirements

  • Select 2 Studios from Visual Studies 2152, 2252, 2552, 2652, 2852, 2862
  • Select 2 Studios from Visual Studies 3153, 3253, 3353, 3453, 3553, 3653, 3753, 3853, 3863
  • Select 1 Studio from Visual Studies 4154, 4254, 4354, 4454, 4554, 4654, 4754, 4854
  • Select 4 Studios from either Visual Studies or the BFA curriculum
  • Visual Studies 1058, 2058, 3098, and 4098

Visual Studies Major Art History Requirements

  • Art History 1155, 1156, and an additional course from the Art History 2600 series

Visual Studies Major Academic Electives

  • Select 5 Academic Electives from anywhere in the University
  • Visual Studies 2472 and 4074

 

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 2011-2012 Academic Year

 

Year 1 - 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  
Visual Studies 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  
 
Year 1 - 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  
 
Year 2 - 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
VS or BFA Studio Elective   VS Studio elective or BFA Studio Elective in Crafts/GAD/PDS 3  
Select one of the following Visual Studies Concept Studio courses: 3  
Visual Studies 2152 VS2 Concept Studio: Drawing    
Visual Studies 2252 VS2 Concept Studio: Painting    
Visual Studies 2552 VS2 Concept Studio: Print Imaging    
Visual Studies 2652 VS2 Concept Studio: Digital Imaging    
Visual Studies 2852 VS2 Concept Studio: Photo Imaging / Digital    
Visual Studies 2862 VS2 Concept Studio: Photo Imaging / Darkroom    
Semester Total   15  
 
Year 2 - Spring
Visual Studies 2058 VS2 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 2 3  
Visual Studies 2472 Introductory Seminar in Community Arts 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Select one of the following Visual Studies Concept Studio courses: 3  
Visual Studies 2152 VS2 Concept Studio: Drawing    
Visual Studies 2252 VS2 Concept Studio: Painting    
Visual Studies 2552 VS2 Concept Studio: Print Imaging    
Visual Studies 2652 VS2 Concept Studio: Digital Imaging    
Visual Studies 2852 VS2 Concept Studio: Photo Imaging / Digital    
Visual Studies 2862 VS2 Concept Studio: Photo Imaging / Darkroom    
Semester Total   15  
 
Year 3 - Fall
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Language   Language Elective 4  
Art History 2600-2699 Art History 2600 series 3  
VS or Studio Elective   VS Studio elective or BFA Studio Elective in Crafts/GAD/PDS 3  
Select one of the following Visual Studies Hybrid Studio courses: 3  
Visual Studies 3153 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Drawing    
Visual Studies 3253 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Painting    
Visual Studies 3353 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid 3D Structures    
Visual Studies 3553 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Print Imaging    
Visual Studies 3653 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Digital Imaging    
Visual Studies 3753 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Moving Image    
Visual Studies 3853 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Photo Imaging / Digital    
Visual Studies 3863 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Photo Imaging / Darkroom    
Semester Total   16  
 
Year 3 - Spring
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society* 3 GG
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Language   Language Elective 4  
Visual Studies 3098 VS3 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 3 3 WI
Select one of the following Visual Studies Hybrid Studio courses: 3  
Visual Studies 3153 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Drawing    
Visual Studies 3253 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Painting    
Visual Studies 3353 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid 3D Structures    
Visual Studies 3553 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Print Imaging    
Visual Studies 3653 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Digital Imaging    
Visual Studies 3753 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Moving Image    
Visual Studies 3853 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Photo Imaging / Digital    
Visual Studies 3863 VS3 Concept Studio: Hybrid Photo Imaging / Darkroom    
Semester Total   16  
 
Year 4 - Fall
VS or BFA Studio Elective   VS Studio elective or BFA Studio Elective in Crafts/GAD/PDS 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Select one of the following Visual Studies Interdisciplinary Studio courses: 3  
Visual Studies 4154 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary Drawing    
Visual Studies 4254 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary Painting    
Visual Studies 4354 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary 3D Structures    
Visual Studies 4554 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary Print Imaging    
Visual Studies 4654 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary Digital Imaging    
Visual Studies 4754 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary Moving Image    
Visual Studies 4854 VS4 Concept Studio: Interdisciplinary Photo Imaging    
Semester Total   15  
 
Year 4 - Spring
Visual Studies   VS Studio Elective or BFA Studio Elective in Crafts/GAD/PDS 3  
Visual Studies 4098 VS4 Interdisciplinary Studio Seminar 4 3 WI
Visual Studies 4074 VS4 Academic Requirement: Art Career Workshop 3  
Elective   Academic Elective 3  
Semester Total   12  
         
Total Hours for Visual Studies: 122

*Summer or semester study abroad program will satisfy GenEd World Society requirement.

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