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

This workshop is designed as a brief introduction to visual theory and criticism through reading, writing, and discussion. The class will examine common critical lenses (feminist, marxist, colonialist, etc.), the importance of context, The Everyday, Humor, privilege and difference, as well as two topics selected by the class (from a menu of options provided by the instructor). Students will also explore the history of visual theory and criticism, definitions, and why visual criticism and theory are included in graduate programs. Students will learn about a number of resources, from anthologies of writing about visual criticism and theory, to topic-specific books. This course is for those 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.

This online course will have a weekly synchronous meeting using Google Meet on Tuesdays from 6:30–8:00 p.m. CST. The course is project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of this course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit. 

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work. 

Required textbook:
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Register Before: June 23
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 10 and save $25.
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Course Details

CSLA 6050 20 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, June 28, 2021
Date End: 
Sunday, July 25, 2021
6:30–8:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
Online Classes