Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Brief Description of Concentration

afvsThe concentration in Art, Film, and Visual Studies enables students to develop skills in the practice and the critical study of the visual arts. It includes 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 developing confidence and fluency in a chosen area of artistic production while also 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, mostly in studios and small seminars, to gain understanding through both study and practice.  

Gateway Courses

  • General Education 1043: American Dreams Made in Hollywood(counts as a course in AFVS) 
  • General Education 1114: Painting’s Doubt (counts as a course in AFVS) 
  • AFVS 12: Drawing 1 – Drawing as Visual Language 
  • AFVS 14: Making Things: Form, Function and Materials 
  • AFVS 15AR: Silkscreen 
  • AFVS 24: Painting, Smoking, Eating 
  • AFVS 35: Building Thought 
  • AFVS 37: Lay of the Land: A Studio-Based Seminar 
  • AFVS 39: Letters to a Young Artist  
  • AFVS 40A: Introduction to Still Photography 
  • AFVS 41A: Introduction to Still Photography 
  • AFVS 51: Introduction to Video 
  • AFVS 53AR: Fundamentals of Animation 
  • AFVS 70: The Art of Film 
  • AFVS 76: Language of Modern Art  
  • 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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