Department of Visual & Critical Studies

The Department of Visual and Critical Studies is concerned with the study of visual media across many different disciplines, as well as the development of hybrid research practices, particularly the overlap between studio and scholarly production. Its programs are part of an evolving paradigm that addresses the complexity of visual and critical practices in the 21st century. 

Upcoming Admissions Events

Saturday, October 21

Graduate Portfolio Day provides the opportunity for prospective students to meet one-on-one with faculty, receive immediate feedback on their portfolios, and learn more about the curricula, faculty, and application procedures from a number of colleges. RSVP.

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies and Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies programs are designed for students who are committed to working, writing, and creating in an environment of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and post-disciplinary practices.

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Contact Us

Department of Visual and Critical Studies

MacLean Center

112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 601

Chicago, IL 60603


Phone: 312.345.3685


Shawn Smith

Graduate Program Director

Mechtild Widrich

BAVCS Director

Karen Morris