Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Brief Description of Concentration

afvsThe concentration in Art, Film, and Visual Studies cultivates skills in both the practice and the critical study of the visual arts. Its components include photography, filmmaking, animation, video art, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as well as film and visual studies, critical theory, and the study of the built environment. The department has a strong commitment to fostering dialogue among makers, critics, and theorists. 

Learning Objectives

In Studio Art and Film/Video Production, concentrators work toward comprehensive accomplishment in a chosen area of artistic production while simultaneously exploring a variety of other practices. In Film and Visual Studies, concentrators pursue interdisciplinary approaches to the theory and history of images, space, art, and media. In all areas, AFVS concentrators work closely with faculty, predominantly in studios and small seminars, to gain understanding through both study and practice. 

Gateway Courses

  • Freshman Seminar 63V: Action! An Experiment in Film and Video (counts as an elective course in AFVS)
  • General Education 1012: The Art and Politics of Propaganda: The Nazis and Their Legacy (counts as a course in AFVS)
  • AFVS 12: Drawing 1 – Drawing as Visual Language
  • AFVS 14: Making Things: Form, Function and Materials
  • AFVS 16AR: Relief Printmaking
  • AFVS 35: Making Things
  • AFVS 37: Lay of the Land: A Studio-Based Seminar
  • AFVS 40A: Introduction to Still Photography
  • AFVS 41A: Introduction to Still Photography
  • AFVS 51: Introduction to Video
  • AFVS 52: The Editor—Beginning Video
  • AFVS 53AR: Fundamentals of Animation
  • AFVS 55V: First-Person Video
  • AFVS 60X: Approaching Narrative: Introduction to Filmmaking
  • AFVS 70: The Art of Film
  • AFVS 75: The Behavior of Images
  • AFVS 80: Loitering


AFVS alums put their visual skills to work as artists, filmmakers, gallerists, educators, writers and film and television industry executives. Some pursue further graduate studies in business, law and medicine.

Most go on to work in explicitly visual fields. AFVS graduates have won Academy Awards as well as top prizes at the Locarno, Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, while others have had their work exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious venues.

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