Visual Studies: Architecture Practice and Technology, BA

Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania prepares students to forge innovative connections across the disciplines that study vision and images. Students acquire a critical awareness of seeing and the problems and possibilities for investigating, thinking, and writing about seeing in the 21st century. Fundamentally interdisciplinary, the Visual Studies Program partners with the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, History of Art, Fine Arts, and Architecture. Students may also find interest in Penn Programs such as Cinema Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies or outside of the School of Arts and Sciences in the Annenberg School of Communications, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Sector C enables students to develop skills in the making of art ranging from the two- and three-dimensional to the digital and time-based media, and includes both fine arts and architecture tracks.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Stage 1 - Core Courses
VLST 101Eye, Mind, and Image1
VLST 102Form and Meaning1
Stage 2 - Core Courses
VLST 301What is Visual Studies?1
Select 2 courses from each Sector:
A. Philosophy and Science of Seeing: 22
Perception
Visual Neuroscience
Research Experience in Perception
What is an Image?
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy and Visual Perception
Philosophy of Perception
B. Art and the Culture of Seeing:2
Renaissance to Contemporary: Introduction to Western Art, 1400 to the Present
American Art
Modern Art: Picasso to Pollock
Art Now
The Rise of Image Culture: History and Theories
Select one of the following:
Arts and Civilizations of East Asia
Introduction to Art in South Asia
Introduction to Visual Culture of the Islamic World
C. Architecture Practice and Technology:
ARCH 102Introduction to Design1
ARCH 201Design Fundamentals I1.5
Stage 3 - Concentration Requirements
Architecture Practice and Technology: 2
ARCH 202Design Fundamentals II (required)1.5
Select 3 course units of ARCH Practice/Technology3
Select 1 course unit of Philos/Science or Art/Culture of Seeing1
Stage 4 - Capstone Course
VLST 395Senior Project (Year-Long Course)1
Total Course Units36
1

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.

2

Important -  Check the for Pre-Requisites on PSYC and some FNAR courses.

3

Four courses (4.5 course units) in your concentration and one course (1 course unit) from another Sector. (Note: No Stage 2 courses may be double-counted in Stage 3).

Honors

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.70 in the Major.

  • Senior Project Completed (Grade of A)

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.