• VES students at work during the sophomore tutorial, February 2016.


The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) 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. VES also offers a Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies.

Recent News



VES Pre-Concentrator Flyer 2016Attention Class of 2019: Applications to concentrate in VES are due on Thursday, November 3. See the flyer for more info!

The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of art practice specializing in video/film and its intersections with installation and/or performance. Applications are due November 4, 2016. For more information, and to apply, visit ARIES, Harvard's online job portal. 

Upcoming Events at CCVA and FSC

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Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Film Study Center