Visual Culture and New Media Studies Minor

Berklee's motto, Esse quam videri, can be translated as "to be, rather than appear to be." What does that mean in a culture that is increasingly visual, with appearances substituting for reality, and increasingly technological, with digital and virtual representations eclipsing analog and physical reality? The visual culture and new media studies minor at Berklee provides students the opportunity to explore this central issue. Blending theory and practice, visual culture and new media studies combines the study of visual art, media, advertising, computer interfaces, software design, photography, fashion, digital video, the web, graphic design, architecture, video games, music video, urban design, and emerging visual and multimedia forms. These visual forms are explored in many contexts: in comparison with each other, as parts of a system of meaning, within social institutions, as elements in the process of culture, and as an influence in the formation of identity. The visual culture and new media studies minor provides a framework for exploring digital narrative-multimedia storytelling-and offers students a way to combine creative and critical work. The visual culture and new media studies minor also emphasizes how people use technology to make art and to make culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in visual culture and new media studies, students will:

  • Synthesize creative and critical work in projects that include graphics, moving images, writing, and music
  • Evaluate critical perspectives on contemporary visual culture, art, media, and technology
  • Analyze how new technologies change artistic representations and the cultural contexts in which they are created and received
  • Apply skills of critical reading, writing, thinking, and speaking
  • Apply technology skills

Required Courses

  • LAHS-333 Approaches to Visual Culture (3 credits)
  • LHUM-P433 Digital Narrative Theory and Practice (3 credits)

Elective Courses (choose one from the following)

  • LAHS-231 History of Art 1 (3 credits)
  • LAHS-232 History of Art 2 (3 credits)
  • LAHS-233 Art History Topics (3 credits)
  • LAHS-P230 Indian Art, Music, and Culture (3 credits)
  • LAHS-P234 Japanese Art and Culture (3 credits)
  • LAHS-P238 Scandals and Vandals: Forgery, Theft, and Destruction in the History of Art (3 credits)

Elective Courses (choose one from the following)

  • LENG-319 Fiction and Film (3 credits)
  • LENG-321 Modern Drama and Film (3 credits)
  • LHIS-220 Cinema in Hitler's Germany (3 credits)
  • FS-251 The Language of Film (2 credits)

4 courses required for completion of the minor.

For more information, contact:

Liberal Arts Department
7 Haviland, Room 334
617 747-2552
Chair: Simone Pilon,
Liberal Arts Project Manager: Chris Jo,