Goal of the minor
The minor in Visual Culture and Society is offered in the Art History, History and Dutch Language and Culture programmes. It consists of four courses (30 EC in total), introducing key aspects of modern visual culture over the period from 1850 to today.
Visual culture is an interdisciplinary domain concerned not only with the study of images, but particularly with the modern urge to interpret, steer and comment on our existence using visual means. Areas of study include the societal and ideological treatment of images, the economic reality in which they circulate, the technological aspects of image production, the media cultures in which they appear and artistic approaches to visual culture. You will learn methods, theories and conceptual frameworks enabling you to delve deeper into this extensive domain of study.
Specific topics in this minor are the preoccupation of the historic avant-garde with popular and quotidian visual culture, the societal and ideological treatment of artistic and non-artistic images, the material archaeology of visual culture, the rise of such mass media as photography, film and video (analogue and digital) and their impact on modern and contemporary art and society.