The concentration in Visual and Environmental Studies cultivates skills in both the practice and the critical study of the visual arts. Its components include photography, filmmaking, animation, video art, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as well as film and visual studies, critical theory, and the study of the built environment. Its faculty comprises individuals working and teaching in all of these modes. The department has a strong commitment to fostering dialogue among makers, critics, and theorists.
For graduate students, the department offers a Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies. The aim of the program is to prepare the next generation of innovative scholars in the field in a unique environment that combines theory and practice with access to the unparalleled resources of Harvard University. The department also offers a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies for students already admitted to Ph.D. programs in other departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.