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Visual and Material Culture Studies in an interdisciplinary program that studies images, objects, and spaces from various cultural contexts and historical periods.

Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Program option types:  

  • NEW! BA honours or major in Visual and Material Culture Studies (pending MPHEC approval)
  • Minor in Visual and Material Culture Studies
  • Minor in Visual Communication and Culture
  • Undergraduate certificate in Visual Literacy and Culture

Visual and Material Culture Studies offers students innovative programming unique it its multidisciplinary composition, cross-cultural and trans-historical approach, and inclusive focus.

Visual and material culture studies courses are offered in two streams:

  • Visual culture
    Pertains to images, viewership, visual media, and practices of looking.
  • Material culture
    Encompasses all human-made and modified objects from the past and our contemporary world.

Visual and Material Culture Studies (VMCS) integrates both streams of courses in visual and material culture. At its core, VMCS is the study of non-verbal or non-textual forms of expression from an interdisciplinary perspective.

A minor in Visual Communication and Culture (courses in visual culture stream) encourages students to develop a comparative perspective on visual expression, communication, and culture. Core courses are designed to provide theoretical and contextual knowledge of visual culture.

Find a full list of courses in the academic calendar – Visual and Material Culture.

A certificate in Visual Literacy and Culture is intended to assist you in developing visual literacy skills — decoding visual communication, describing and interpreting images, using visual materials proficiently and creatively, and understanding the impact of visual culture.

Find specific details about certificates in the academic calendar.



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