Academics: Majors and Programs

Art & Visual Culture

Art & Visual Culture

(Formerly Art & Art History)

Art Major | Documentary Filmmaking MajorPhotography Major |  Art History Minor
Curatorial Studies Program

Develop Your Creative Genius at Spelman

Art is the creative expression of ideas, personal identity, and culture that enriches the world in which we live. It builds community, offers new perspectives, and provides unique insight to diverse traditions, philosophies and history.

The Department of Art & Visual Culture offers majors in art, documentary filmmaking, and photography. It also offers a minor in art history and a Curatorial Studies Program.

Students are provided with the knowledge and skills to effectively create art and understand it as visual rhetoric with histories, traditions and emerging theories that critique and advance the field.

Creating original work using various digital technologies in the Innovation Lab further enhances the majors. The department supports intellectual curiosity, experimentation, and highlights art making and its relationship to aesthetic, civic, cultural, social systems and technology. 

In addition to understanding and making art, students will develop skills related to the entrepreneurial side of the arts.

Discover Excellence in the Arts

The department serves Spelman students by providing aesthetic, technical, historical and philosophical instruction in visual art and culture while supporting the liberal arts tradition of the College. It promotes excellence in the arts through a curricular framework rooted in the theory and practice of art as it relates to visual language systems and social and cultural engagement.

Objectives

As an art & visual culture major you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the artist within historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Use creative practices and research skills as a means of exploring interdisciplinary methods of inquiry that promote excellence in the arts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills necessary for success in graduate school and/or the professional workplace.
  • Demonstrate the potential for a lifelong appreciation and understanding of the visual arts through classroom as well as co-curricular experiences.
  • Apply educational, experiential and experimental knowledge to further an appreciation of the arts.