The Master of Arts (MA) in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides rigorous tools to explore cultural phenomena. The program is designed for students interested in the scholarly and creative investigation of the production, dissemination, and impact of visual images, objects, experiences, and practices. With the visual as a starting point, students use multiple methods of critical investigation to study the interactions between visual phenomena and their historical, disciplinary, and social contexts. The program culminates with two semesters of directed thesis work where the emphasis is on the development of the student's own criticism and/or creative production.

A unique aspect of SAIC's Visual and Critical Studies program is its option of combining studio and critical practices within the context of the field of visual and critical studies. A flexible curriculum allows students to choose from a variety of courses in art history, liberal arts, film criticism, and studio practices.

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