Visual Studies

The BA in Visual Studies program is ideal for students who want to utilize the resources of a larger university and the excellence of Tyler’s studio traditions. Students develop skills as makers and thinkers by taking an equal ratio of studio and academic classes that foster critical awareness of how society is reflected and produced through visual means in the twenty-first century. 

By making work and interpreting images from art, photography, film, television and commercial imagery, students learn to analyze visual communication from a variety of aesthetic, theoretical, scientific, economic, sociological and historical viewpoints. Interdisciplinary studio and academic classes are required. The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies enables students to organize multiple approaches to visual thinking that cut across various disciplines into a logical whole. Visual Studies students will have the curricular flexibility to pursue other academic interests and extracurricular activities with greater intensity, as well as to pursue explorations in the theoretical and technical aspects of art making within an interdisciplinary studio practice.


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Upcoming Events


  • Tyler Faculty Leah Modigliani’s New Exhibition

    Leah Modigliani, program head of Visual Studies at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, has a solo exhibition, Rome 1947, on view at Grizzly Grizzly gallery in Ph...

  • Dr. Leah Modigliani publishes article in Mapping Meaning, the journal

    Leah Modigliani, “Critical Plagiarism and the Politics of Creative Labor: Photographs, History, and Re-enactment,” Mapping Meaning, the Journal 3 (Fall, 2019): 86-99. ...

  • Leah Modigliani's book reviewed by RACAR

    Leah Modigliani, head of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Visual Studies Program, had her recent book, Engendering an Avant-Garde: The Unsettled Landscapes o...

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