"As an undergrad I divided my studies between literature and art history before delving into the realm of Visual Culture as a graduate at Illinois State. The critique of images and the philosophy of art have punctuated my years, with an interdisciplinary eye toward the ways we use signs and symbols (words and images) to communicate, as well as interpret, ideas."
- Chad Wys, M.A. 2011
The M.A. in Visual Culture offers graduate students the opportunity for critical study and analysis of artistic and cultural production throughout history.
As an interdisciplinary field of study, visual culture emerges out of a number of established disciplines including, but not limited to, art history, anthropology, cultural studies, history, literature, media studies, music, and theatre.
In addition to the study of canonical works of art, an M.A. in Visual Culture allows for the examination of those objects and images that have not fit into the traditional boundaries of art history. This degree program is intended to complement and take advantage of the fact that individuals in many different fields are already working within the bounds of visual culture.
Elisabeth Friedman Associate Professor
Melissa Johnson Associate Professor Graduate Coordinator