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									History of Art and Visual Culture

[2009-10 update to the General Catalog, changes highlighted]
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Program Description
Visual culture, as a contemporary academic field evolving from the historical study of art, investigatesThe
study of visual culture encompasses the production, use, form, and reception of images past and present. It
incorporates the painting, sculpture, and architecture conventionally traditionally defined by art history,
but itand extends throughout the fields of visual imagery beyond the cultural conventional boundaries
formerly drawn by academic traditionthe academy. The hHistory of art Art and visual Visual culture
Culture program at UCSC focuses its cultural and historical investigation acrossDepartment offers courses
covering a wide variety of representations in from the cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and
the Pacific Islands, from masks and mountains to mass mediaincluding areas as diverse as ritual,
performative expression, bodily adornment, landscape painting, installation art, and video games.
   Students of visual culture at UC Santa Cruz encounter investigate complex questions raised from a
variety of viewpoints. Foremost among these are questions aboutconcerning the social, political,
economic, religious, and psychological influences impact of images from the perspective of their
producers, users, and viewers. on those who produce visual images as well as on those who view them.
Also considered is how imagesImages play a central role in the formation of beliefs and values and
beliefs, taking including ourthe perception ofinto account the issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race,
and class. Through attentive historical study and close analysis, students are taught to recognize and
assess these systems of value, and are introduced to theoretical and methodological frameworks for future
research.Questions of theory and methodology are addressed throughout the range of courses, although
some courses emphasize these more than others.
   The history of art and visual cultureOurThe history of art and visual culture curriculum guides students
in acquiring skill in critical thinking about visual culture, leading to a B.Abaccalaureate of arts. degree.
Each student who chooses to major or minor majoring or minoring in visual culture devises an individual
study plan with a faculty adviser. Courses are organized in four levels, with each level providing a
progressively sophisticated study of materials and problems. The lower-division courses, numbered 1–99,
and intended for general education students and prospective majors, provide an introduction to the field of
visual culture according to geographic areas and visual traditions within those areas. Upper-division
courses, numbered 100–149, cover a broad range of issues in various aspects of world culture from
earliest times to the present. Advanced courses, numbered 150–189, focus on selected fields, topics, and
methods. The most advanced courses, numbered 190 and 191, are taught in seminar format.

Declaring the Major
Prospective To declare the major, studentss must complete two of the required three lower-division 10-
series introduction to visual culture courses in history of art and visual culture before declaring the major.
10D Visual Cultures of Asia;
10C Southeast Asia Visual Culture;
10D Visual Cultures of Asia;
10E Africa, Oceana, and the Americas;
10F The Nude in the Western Tradition; or
10G Europe
All sStudents considering this major should are encouraged to complete these courses early in their
studies and consult with the history of art and visual culture undergraduate adviser as soon as possibleto
develop a plan of study. Transfer students should consult the Transfer Student/Transfer Credit section.
Students must complete the worksheet for declaring the major in preparation for a meeting with a faculty
adviser to finalize the Proposed Study Plan Declaration of Major/Minor petition form.

Program of Study
The history of art and visual culture major requires five lower-division and 10 upper-division courses
including the satisfactory completion of the senior comprehensive requirement. Students must take
courses with at least four different faculty members and in at least two different historical eras and two
different cultural settings to ensure methodological and disciplinary breadth.
Lower-Division Requirements
Five courses, as follows:
      •    Three survey introduction to visual culture courses 10C or 10D, 10E, and either 10F or 10G
      •    Two courses selected from the following:
                  o     An aAdditional 10-series coursess
                  o     80-series courses
                  o     visual practice courses: Art 20–30, 70; Theater Arts 14, 18; Science
                        Communication 104A-B, 106A, 107, 110
                  o     80 series courses
                  o     Visual practice courses: Art 20-40, 70; Theater Arts 14, 17, 18; approved transfer
                        courses (see Transfer Students/Transfer Credit below). transfer courses—a total of
                        9-10 quarter credits
                  o     Up to two upper-division history of art and visual culture courses may be
                        substituted with prior approval of a faculty adviser.
Upper-Division Requirements
Ten 5-credit courses, as follows:
Nine upper-division history of art and visual culture courses:
     •     course 100A recommended during sophomore or junior year
     •     courses 101-189: six courses required
     •     courses 190–191: two courses required, one of which must satisfy the senior comprehensive
           requirement (see Comprehensive Requirement below)
     •     In courses 100–191, a student must study with four different faculty members to ensure
           methodological and theoretical diversity as well as study visual cultures in two of historical
           eras and two cultural settings (refer to the course descriptions).
     •     10th course: one upper-division course from another discipline. This , approved by a faculty
           adviser. The course, taken outside of the History of Art and Visual Culture Department,
           should complement to fulfill the upper-division major requirement should complement a
           student’s history of art and visual culture program focus. Courses from the following
           departments are especially relevant: American studies, anthropology, film and digital media,
           history, Latin American and Latino studies, literature, philosophy, sociology, theater arts, and
           feminist studies. Courses from other departments may be considered with faculty approval.
           (The department maintains a current list of recommended courses that satisfy this

Senior Comprehensive Requirement
All students must identify oOne of the two required seminars, 190–191, taken to meet the requirements
for the major must be taken in the senior year to fulfill the as their “senior exit” comprehensive
requirementcourse to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement. Within the context of an this
advanced seminar, this course providesstudents will produce carefully supervised work culminating in the
completion of a major coherentwritten project that meets the standards of the senior level of achievement
in the major in the history of art and visual culture. Students whose performance is outstanding are
eligible for Honors in the Senior Comprehensive. Students taking the course for Pass/No Pass who do not
pass will receive a fail (F).

Concentration in Religion and Visual Culture
This program is for students who wish to pursue the study of religion in conjunction with studies of visual
culture. It consists of an individually planned sequence of courses, including a core set of lower-division
courses (1–99), to provide grounding in issues, methods, and a general history of visual culture; upper-
division courses (100–199) from within the department; and at least four upper-division courses from
other departments that focus on the study of religion.
   A student enters the concentration by proposing, in consultation with a their faculty adviser, a sequence
of upper-division courses to fulfill the Religion and Visual Culture requirements. Ordinarily, students
complete two lower-division courses in history of art and visual culture before declaring the major.The
declaration of major requirements for the Religion and Visual Culture concentration are the same as listed
in the Declaration of Major section. The faculty adviser for the Religion religion and Visual visual Culture
culture concentration is Raoul Birnbaum.
Requirements for the Religion and Visual Culture Concentration
The 15-course curriculum of the Religion and Visual Culture Concentration is pedagogically distinct from
that of history of art and visual culture. Students are required to take four lower-division classes (three
from the 10 series—10C or 10D, 10E, and either 10F or 10G—and one additional lower-division course),
rather than the five currently required for the history of art and visual culture major and 11 upper-division
courses, seven from within history of art and visual culture and four relevant upper-division courses taken
from other departments. Fourteen courses are required: three lower-division and seven upper-division
courses from within the department and four relevant upper-division courses from other departments.
   Students in the religion and visual studies concentration complete the following required upper-division
curriculum listed below.

Eleven courses, as follows:
     •     100A recommended in sophomore or junior year
     •     101-189: four courses required
190-191: two courses required, one of which must satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement (see
Senior Comprehensive Requirement above)
Lower-Division Courses
Courses 10D, 10E, and either 10F or 10G
  For students who have sufficient background, an upper-division history of art and visual culture course
may be substituted with prior approval of a faculty adviser.
Upper-Division Courses
Seven upper-division history of art and visual culture courses (course 100A, two numbered 101–149, two
   numbered 150–189, and two numbered 190 or 191).
      •     Four relevant upper-division courses in the study of religion from programs on campus such
            as anthropology, history, literature, and philosophy. (A current list of courses on campus that
            focus on the study of religion is maintained by the History of Art and Visual Culture
            Department office.)(The department maintains a current list of approved courses that focus on
            the study of religion.)

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement
Students of every major must satisfy that major's upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC)
requirement. The DC requirement will normally be met within one to three courses already required for
the major. For detailed information on this major’s DC requirement, consult your major adviser or see the
2010-11 general catalog.
One of the two history of art and visual culture seminars (courses 190 or 191) required for the
    concentration should be taken in the senior year specifically to fulfill the senior comprehensive

Double Majors
History of art and visual culture may be studied as part of a double major. A student must fulfill all of the
requirements for both majors.Students must complete a minimum of eight upper-division courses in each
of the two major departments. Upon completion of the minimum required number of courses, the
undergraduate advisers and faculty advisers must approve any substitution request to share a course from
the other department.

Minor Requirements
Nine courses, as follows:
     •     lower-division: three courses from the introduction to visual culture series (10C or 10D, 10E,
           and either 10F or 10G);
     •     upper-division: six courses planned in consultation with a faculty adviser (one history of art
           and visual culture 80-series course may be substituted for one upper-division course).

Department Advising
Undergraduate Adviser
The undergraduate adviser offers specific information about navigating through the program and the
curriculum and assists students with requirements, prerequisites, policies and procedures, learning
support, scholarships, and special opportunities for undergraduate research.
Faculty Advisers
Faculty are the best resource for learning about the philosophies and foundations of history of art and
visual culture. Faculty advisers work individually with students to develop a specific course of study,
recommend additional courses of interest, and discuss long-term career goals including education beyond
the baccalaureate. A faculty adviser is assigned to each student by the undergraduate adviser during the
declaration of major meeting.
All majors are encouraged to study at least one foreign language. Graduate programs in visual culture, art
history, and other related disciplines generally require competence in another language besides English.
Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty adviser to discuss an appropriate course of language

Transfer Students and Transfer Credit
As preparation, transfer students are encouraged to fulfill at least three of the lower-division history of art
and visual culture requirements prior to transfer. Refer to the ASSIST articulation agreements at
www.assist.org for approved lower-division courses. A student may transfer up to five six art history
courses toward the major, only two three of which may be upper division. Upper-division transfer credit is
evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the student’s faculty adviser. Transfer students
are strongly encouraged invited to contact the History of Art and Visual Culture Department before
enrolling at UCSC.

Study Abroad
The University of California’s Education Abroad Program (EAP) operates in countries throughout the
world and serves over 4,000 upper-division students from the 10 UC campuses annually. Students may
receive transfer credit for a maximum of three upper-division art history courses taken through the EAP
program (see Transfer Student/Transfer Credit above). Many EAP programs require competency in a
language besides English (see Languages above). Credit for courses taken at other institutions is given
only with permission of the student’s adviser. It is strongly suggested that sStudents should make every
effort to consult with a faculty member about their course of study before going abroad to avoid any
confusion about these transfer credits.

The preparation students receive from the B.Abaccalaureate of arts degree. in history of art and visual
culture provides skills that can lead to successful careers in law, business, and social services, in addition
to a more specific focus on museum curating, art restoration, studies in architecture, and studies in art
history leading to a graduate degree.
Recommendations for Students Who Plan Graduate Study
There are many graduate programs of visual culture that lead to the M.A. and Ph.D. in fields such as art
history, cultural history, semiotics, rhetoric, history of religions, comparative arts, theory and criticism of
art, and so forth. Most graduate programs require a reading knowledge of one or two languages other than
English (see Languages above). Students who are contemplating graduate study should consult with their
adviser as early as possible in their undergraduate career.
   Although hThe History of Aart and Vvisual Cculture Department is in the process final stages of
developing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in visual studies, and the department does not anticipates
matriculating the first class of students before fall 2009within two yearsin 2010.

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