Introduction to Visual Criticism and Theory (for the Grad School Curious)

This workshop is designed as a brief introduction to visual theory and criticism through reading, writing, and discussion. We will examine common critical lenses (feminist, marxist, colonialist, etc.), the importance of context, themes such as the everyday, humor, privilege and difference, as well as two topics selected by the class (from a menu of options provided by the instructor). We’ll also look at the history of visual theory and criticism, definitions, and why the study of theory and criticism is included in graduate programs. Students will learn about a number of resources, from anthologies of writing, to topic-specific books. This course is for anyone 18+ with an interest in the lenses of visual theory and criticism, especially those thinking about pursuing graduate-level studies. / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.

How does an online course work at MCAD?
While many online courses are asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times, this course has a weekly online meeting on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (CST). Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of a 1 credit course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit.

Required Textbook:
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Register Before: July 1
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 15 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Course Details

CSLA 6050 20 SU20
Date Start: 
Monday, July 6, 2020
Date End: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
6:30-8:00 p.m. (central), online
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
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