The Critical Studies area provides a historical and critical framework through which students can understand the important theories and practices of art, design, and general visual culture, focusing on the twentieth- and twenty-first century. Students gain an advanced understanding of the dominant cultural, political, and aesthetic concerns of primarily contemporary Euro-American art, design, and visual culture, with attention given to global trends in art and design and to globalization and its effects. A key emphasis of all Critical Studies courses is learning to read, write, and think critically, and to develop a historical understanding of what it means to be an artist or designer. These skills in turn serve to empower students as creative agents, giving a broad sense of what artists and designers can do with the range of skills developed in Roski’s programs.
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