Concentration Requirements

12 courses for all areas.

Studio Arts and Film/Video Production

  • Introductory Studios: At least two courses should be completed by the end of the sophomore year related to the student's area of focus.
  • Intermediate Studios: At least two courses should be completed by the end of the junior year related to the student’s area of focus.
  • Historical and Theoretical Courses: At least two courses are required. These are seminar and lecture courses offered in VES that explore the history and theory of the moving image, the built environment, contemporary art, and critical studies. Appropriate courses offered in other departments can count toward the history and theory requirement with VES departmental approval.
  • VES 97: Sophomore Tutorial: Required of all VES concentrators during their first full term in the concentration, ordinarily sophomore spring.
  • Electives within the concentration: Five additional courses in VES, two of which may be VES 99, the senior thesis or senior project tutorial. VES 99 is considered an elective and is not a required course.

Film and Visual Studies

    • Introductory Courses: Two courses comprising Visual and Environmental Studies 70, “The Art of Film” and one other double-digit seminar or lecture course in film and visual studies offered within the department. These courses could also include VES 181: Film Theory, Visual Thinking.
    • VES 97: Sophomore Tutorial: Required of all VES concentrators during their first full term in the concentration, ordinarily sophomore spring
    • Advanced Film and VIsual Studies Seminars: At least three advanced, three-digit seminars in  film and visual studies.
    • Electives: Four courses directly related to film and visual studies, including a VES film production or studio course of the student’s choosing. Offerings under this heading will include both film and visual studies classes offered in VES by regular and visiting faculty as well as pertinent film and visual studies classes offered in departments outside of VES with prior departmental approval.
    • Thesis or Senior Project: Students who write a thesis or senior project essay will enroll in VES 99, which constitutes two courses. Students are strongly encouraged to write a thesis or senior project essay, though it is not required. Students who choose not to write a thesis will instead take two additional advanced film and visual studies courses (these choices are subject to the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies). VES 99 is considered an elective and is not a required course.

      *Note: Students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Manager of Academic Programs to discuss which courses in other departments may count toward VES film and visual studies requirements.

      Joint Concentration

      If you are interested in a joint concentration with another department, please make an appointment to speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  A thesis is required for all joint concentrators. Please see VES application form for further details regarding joint concentrations.