We teach and research different kinds of visual arts and visuality. “Arts” includes, for example, pictures, sculptures, visual media, buildings, environments and objects of design. Processes of creation, distribution and experience of visual objects are studied as well. Apart from theoretical knowledge we will also give you training in talking about and demonstrating art, by describing and interpreting various visual objects.
Our international, two year Master programme Visual Culture is taught in English, and aims to strengthen theoretical knowledge and understanding of the vital importance of images in society. The programme is constructed mainly as an interdisciplinary combination of Art History and Visual Studies, Film Studies and Musicology. The aim is to analyse the role of visual communication, in artistic as well as more popular forms, when it comes to shaping the major issues of life. Visuality is studied in a critical and intermedial perspective, which includes elements of sound or music, and where aspects like power, history, social relations, gender, and ethnicity are central.
Within the undergraduate studies, courses are offered up to candidate level. The courses are taught in Swedish, with exception of “Modern and contemporary design in Scandinavia”. The first 30 HE credits (higher education credits Level 1) are offered in two different course alternatives: either a Western art historical survey, or a course with a focus on architecture and design. There is a joint higher education course (Level 2), for both alternatives, followed by a course for those who aim at a BaA. (Level 3)
Our curriculum is derived from the curriculum developed at the original Department of Art History and Art Theory established at Lund University in 1918. Today the division has a professorship, senior and junior lecturers and doctoral students, and collaborates at different levels with museums and other cultural institutions in Sweden and abroad. The teachers and researchers have extensive international networks. They often participate in different expert commissions and are sought after as guest lecturers.
Last modified 11 Feb 2013