Introduction to film analysis via national cinemas and their worldwide reception, taking into account the role of new technologies. This course acknowledges not only the importance of multiple languages and cultures on the planet today but also the rapidly growing international contexts, complicated chains of production and distribution, and vastly different cultures of spectatorship.
This course takes a case study approach to examining the role of the art object as a means of communication within the history of visual culture. Particular attention will also be paid to the unique properties of a range of diverse media, both traditional and new.
Weekly lectures by visiting faculty introduce students to how visual studies are conducted across and between the disciplines. Recognizing the vastness of the global study of visual culture, this course reinforces how, despite the diversity of media analyzed, various disciplines share related approaches and theories.
An advanced introduction to theorizing in art and media, highlighting the distinctive role of visual representation in cultural experience and the varied modes of thinking about images that visual representation has engendered. Readings will be drawn from several disciplines including art history, film and literary studies, media studies, and philosophy.
This fourth-year honours seminar leads students through a variety of topics in the theory and history of visual culture. Through class discussions, readings, and presentations, students will engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue around what constitutes visual culture today and how to analyze it.
This fourth-year level advanced visual culture seminar is designed to focus student research skills toward the development of a thesis project.