Skip to Main Content
You are in the main content
Cover Photo Image


The Studio Seminar in Visual Studies is a multidisciplinary team-taught course that will help motivated students understand the ways in which images function in the world. Faculty members from departments throughout the university are encouraged to develop joint course proposals. As core offerings of the Institute for Visual Studies, these classes are designed to create conditions for innovation, and to forge a committed learning community in which students and faculty from different disciplines work closely together on significant projects. To generate this new kind of educational experience, one that is more intense, independent, and collaborative, class size is set at sixteen, with enrollment by permission of the two instructors. Each section of the studio seminar will explore a topical focus determined by the team of instructors. Eventually, at least two sections of the class will be offered each semester in order to create an active learning community that will make full use of the IVS laboratory studio. Multiple sections will also ensure that selective year-long learning experiences can be offered. Given the limited resources and programmatic concerns of individual departments, course release funding for the studio seminars is provided through the IVS. If you have ideas for an IVS course, please download our detailed Call for Course Proposals here

Studio Seminar for Spring 2016:

Embodied Anatomy: Mobilizing Our Frames of Reference

An interdisciplinary group of student artists and scientists will (1) develop an understanding of anatomy through focused examination of movement both “of” and “within” the human body, (2) study anatomy as a means for understanding “human-ness” as well as “self”, and (3) enhance observation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills with regard to human structure and movement. We will emphasize the application of anatomy to your discipline and future work both thru collaborative work as well as individual projects.  There will be a final exhibit of student-generated materials which could include movement or performance studies, art work, or other research findings.

See the syllabus here

Past Courses:

Fall 2014: The Object of Play

Spring 2014: Powers of Scale in Design and Place-Making

Spring 2013: Art and Mathematics, through the lens of Photography

Fall 2012: History and Practice of Asian Calligraphy

Spring 2012: Representing Disability

Fall 2011: Problem Solving in Virtual Worlds

Spring 2010: Writing and Illustrating Literature

Fall 2009: Rethinking, Reenvisioning and Redesigning Environments

Fall 2009: Environmental Design

Fall 2008: Math and Art: Beautiful Rigor

Spring 2008: Image and Text: The Art of Persuasion

Fall 2007: Scientific Visualization and Animation

Spring 2007: Aesthetics of Visualization

Examples of Student Projects:

Photography and Language ELL Workshop