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.  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 studio seminar explores a topical focus determined by the instructors. Two studio seminars are offered each year, one in the fall and one in the spring, in order to create an active learning community that will make full use of the IVS laboratory studio. Semester courses also ensure that selective year-long learning experiences can be offered.


ART 492/WRTC 426

Writing Photographs

Spring 2019

INSTRUCTORS: Daniel Robinson and Jared Featherstone

DAYS/ TIME: M/W 1:30AM - 4:00PM
LOCATION: Institute for Visual Studies, Roop 208


In contemporary American culture, the combination of text and photography is part of daily communication. This communication happens so frequently and quickly that there is little time or motivation to look critically at the process and product. By developing a critical lens and practicing deliberate, creative approaches, we have the possibility of seeing differently and enabling a wider range of expression.

This interdisciplinary course, offered through JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, examines the relationships between photographs and texts in creative contexts. Students will create both photographs and written works while developing public exhibitions of what they make. The course is co-taught by a photographer and a writer, and will feature a Visiting Artist who will work directly with the students on their projects.

See the syllabus HERE.


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