MA in Visual Culture

Lund University

Program Description

MA in Visual Culture

Lund University

Programme overview

This Master’s programme aims to strengthen the student’s theoretical knowledge and understanding of the vital importance of images and other visual expressions for communication in society. Visuality is studied from 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. The programme is mainly constructed as an interdisciplinary combination of Art History and Visual Studies, Film Studies, and Musicology. Furthermore the role of visual communication (and to some extent, its auditory reinforcements) is analysed –in artistic as well as mass medial forms – when it comes to shaping the major issues of life.

The programme covers both mass culture and art, for instance, design objects, architecture and urban environments; painting, photographs and sculptures; film, video and television. Programme modules/Courses Theory of Science and Methodology in Visual Culture (15 ECTS), Western Design in a Globalised World (15 ECTS) or Swedish National Film Culture in a Global Context (15 ECTS), Audio-visual Culture (15 ECTS) and Representations of Violence in the Visual Arts and Media (15 ECTS), Visual Culture (30 ECTS), Master’s degree project (30 ECTS).

Career prospects

After completing the programme you will be able to actively mediate your knowledge of the visual field, thereby satisfying society’s needs for critical tools of analysis. Future career prospects include work within: cultural administration and production, planning and shaping of public space, cultural journalism/criticism, teaching, and research within the field of visual studies, as well as in a wider research context, given the growing importance of visual knowledge in other areas, e.g. the biosciences, pedagogy, etc.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked 70th in the QS World University Ranking 2015, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated May 26, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
2 years
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Start date Sept. 2016
Sweden Lund
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