A unique aspect of SAIC’s Master of Arts in 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. The artists, designers, critics, writers, and scholars who teach in the program take a variety of approaches and come from diverse fields, including; performance, sculpture, conceptual practices; film, video, and new media; visual communication design; sociology; political science; art history; anthropology; and literature; among others. They share a common interest in understanding the cultural and social meanings of visual experience.