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 culture but with attention to global trends in art and design and to globalization and its effects. They also develop the necessary theoretical tools to support their own studio or design practices. 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 the 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.
View Critical Studies/MA faculty here.