In addition to the doctoral program in Visual Studies, the
Program in Visual Studies also offers an emphasis in Visual
Studies available to Ph.D. and M.F.A. students in all departments
at UCI. Satisfactory completion of the emphasis is certified
by the Graduate Advisor in Visual Studies and is noted in
the student's dossier.
Official catalogue requirements found in the UCI Catalogue.
Admission to the Program
Students must first be admitted to, or currently enrolled
in, a Ph.D. or M.F.A. program at UCI. Applicants must submit
to the Director of Visual Studies a summary of prior undergraduate
and graduate course work related to Visual Studies, institutions
attended, and major(s), together with a brief statement of
purpose, including career objectives, areas of interest and
research, record of research, teaching, professional accomplishments,
and/or creative work. Lack of prior course work does not preclude
admission, so long as a compelling statement of research interests
congruent with the emphasis makes the case. Admission to the
emphasis is on a rolling basis. The Director tracks students'
progress toward fulfillment of the emphasis requirements and
meets with students to advise them on a program of study,
Minimum course work for the graduate emphasis in Visual Studies
consists of four courses: Visual Studies 290C* and three additional
elective Visual Studies seminars.
* 290C is usually only offered in the spring quarter. Plan
- Contact VS Staff after
you are accepted into the emphasis for any necessary course
For doctoral students, the qualifying examination and dissertation
topic should incorporate Visual Studies as a central concern.
One area of the Ph.D. qualifying examination should be on
a Visual Studies topic, and one member of the candidate's
qualifying examination committee and dissertation committee
is normally a member of the Visual Studies faculty. There
are no requirements concerning qualifying examinations or
theses for M.F.A. students.
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