VAMA Becomes Critical Studies in Art and Culture

4 Nov

For some time, there has been dissatisfaction with the name Visual Arts, Media and Architecture. It’s an enumeration rather than a real name, and to it some suggests that they’re dealing with “practical” or studio programmes; the acronym VAMA rolls of the tongue rather nicely but doesn’t say anything about the content.

However, changing the name of an officially accredited academic programme isn’t easy. Now we’re using a restructuring at our faculty to turn the subtitle we’re already been using on this website into the programme’s official name. The listing of the interlinked fields that we cover moves to the subtitle, so the complete package is:

Critical Studies in Art and Culture
Visual Art / Architecture / Design / Media

The programme remains essentially the same (hey, if it ain’t broke…). On the organizational level, Critical Studies will be a track within the faculty’s humanities research master, but with its own distinctive curriculum. For more information, including deadlines and procedures for applications, see this page.


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