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What is Visual Culture?

Visual culture has emerged as a constellation of various interests and numerous critical intersections in the visual and performing arts here at the University of Aberdeen.  Because of its dynamic nature it constitutes less of discipline than a platform for exploring theoretical and creative collaborations between Film, Art History, Modern Thought, Museum Studies, Visual Anthropology, Scientific Imaging practices, new media, and computer engineering.  The taught M.Litt reflects the diverse interests of faculty and students participating in visual studies. The M.Litt in Visual Culture is divided into two tracks: one designed to engage with critical thinking (the history of art and film criticism, theories of the visual, philosophies of perception and new media); and other concentrating on creativity and media production (internationally acclaimed filmmakers and artists advise on filmmaking, and courses are taught in film production).  

The programme allows students to tailor their course of study to their own needs and interests,while offering a grounding in the subject through a core courses: Current Debates and Controversies in the Visual Arts and the Digital Humanities. The programme establishes an interface between the University and the public sphere, as well as providing reflection on digital imaging practices and digital communications. The aim of the programme is to highlight and exploit the network connecting critical thinking about Visual Culture with production, exhibition practice (the University’s museums, the Library’s special and digital collections, and local and Scottish galleries and festivals) and institutions (The University, Arts Councils, and Local Community Outreach).