About VCS

This page contains a basic introduction the Visual & Critical Studies program, quoted from the VCS blog’s first post. We hope that reproducing this information here will help new visitors orient themselves as the site continues to grow.


Hello, and welcome. My name is Jeff Edwards, and I am a faculty member in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Visual & Critical Studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Under the guidance of department chair Tom Huhn, I have set up this blog to serve current students, prospective applicants, and anyone else who is interested in knowing what’s going on in the VCS program. Since life in art school presents a constantly shifting set of opportunities and challenges, we feel that it is vitally important to provide a clearinghouse for information about the many people, places, and events that shape student life on a day-to-day basis. This blog provides a home base for anyone interested in knowing what’s happening in VCS, as well as a hub from which a wide variety of program-related sites can be accessed.

For those who are new to VCS, here is a little information about it:

The Visual & Critical Studies program represents a unique approach to art education. Launched in Fall 2007, its multidisciplinary design is intended to prepare students for an art world that is vastly different from that of prior eras. Contemporary art-making practices draw from a wide range of mediums and creative strategies, and no single style or technique is dominant. Decades’ worth of art theory and art criticism have also affected life in the studio, making it necessary for artists to master a wider range of aesthetic disciplines and intellectual tools than ever before. A flood of new technologies for image-making and human interaction has upped the ante for artists even further, vastly transforming the way people access, look at, think about, and discuss art.

The VCS program addresses this new art world by integrating studio practice and intellectual discourse to a degree unheard of in more traditional art programs. Studio training in VCS encompasses a vast range of artistic practices, from old to new. Students learn to work in a wide variety of mediums, taking classes in drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and digital imaging. Academic study of aesthetics, art history, philosophy, and theory is integrated with work in the studio, with the goal of transforming art-making into a responsive, thoughtful activity deeply in tune with the complexity of contemporary culture.

In the coming weeks and months, this blog will present information on many aspects of day-to-day life in the VCS program. In addition to reporting on student exhibitions and department-sponsored events, I plan to present profiles of current students and faculty members, links to blogs and web sites maintained by current students, news of local events relevant to VCS, information about off-campus faculty exhibitions and lectures, updates on VCS alumni, and as many other items of interest to our target audience as I can find. It is my hope that the information provided here will serve to enrich the lives of current students, and present a vivid portrait of life in VCS for those who are interested in joining our community.

Prospective students who would like to learn more about the VCS program are encouraged to visit our web site at the School of Visual Arts and request a course catalog. If you have any questions about VCS, please feel free to contact me at the following e-mail address: visualandcriticalstudies@gmail.com. If I am unable to answer your question directly, I’m sure I’ll be able to find someone else who can.

Thanks for visiting the VCS blog. Everyone is encouraged to bookmark this site and check in regularly; updates will be posted at least once a week. Interesting things are on the way.

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