Department of Visual & Media Arts


Photography Minor

In the Photography Minor program, you will develop your artistic vision and gain fundamental as well as specialized photography skills through an exploration of the histories, theories, and practices of photography and culture. You will engage in experimentation and innovation in both darkroom and digital approaches and produce a body of original work.

Program Requirements

VM 203 History of Photography
VM 265 Introduction to Photography
VM 365 Intermediate Photography

One course from the following:

VM 260 Introduction to Interactive Media
VM 366 Digital Imaging for Photographers
VM 367 Digital Color Photography
VM 465 Documentary Photography
VM 492 Photo Practicum

Art History Minor

The Art History (formerly Visual Studies and the Arts) minor offers you the opportunity to study the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts in greater depth than through the General Education requirements alone. Courses focus on both Western and non-Western traditions and are structured by time period, region, or culture, or philosophical, sociocultural, or thematic undercurrents in the arts.

Program Requirements

16 credits from the following: (No more than 4 credits may also count toward the General Education requirement.)

Historical Surveys (choose at least two):

VM 210 History of Western Art I: Renaissance and Baroque
VM 211 History of Western Art II: 18th- and 19th-Century Art
VM 212 History of Western Art III: Modern
VM 213 History of Western Art IV: Post-World War II
VM 214 History of Non-Western Art I: Asia and the Mideast
VM 215 History of Non-Western Art II: Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas

Choose one of the following:

VM 409 Seminar in Western Art
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art

Students must also successfully complete at least one other course in the Visual Arts (excluding studio arts or production courses). This may include the courses listed above or VM 105, VM 203, VM 315, or any pre-approved Interdisciplinary Studies course offered through the Institute.

Emerson Minds

Emerson College classmates Alan Schoolcraft '95 and Brent Simons ’97 wrote the screenplay for the #1 movie in North America, Megamind. The Dreamworks film made $43.7 million at the box office in the first weekend.

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