Created in 2011, Media and Visual Culture Studies bring together faculty from across the campus who teach and research topics such as media theory, gender, and power in media, television, visual anthropology, and cultural representation. As in many programs at liberal arts colleges, students in MVC will learn from a range of faculty with different backgrounds, getting a broad, liberal education while also deepening their understanding of media and culture. The majority of classes in the major have a primarily critical focus: students are asked to engage in the analysis of media including radio, television, photography, sound recordings, film, and digital artifacts while learning both media literacy and visual competency, the core skills of majors.
MVC has worked to create a distinctive learning environment for students. Students have access not only to faculty from across the campus who specialize in media analysis but also to internship opportunities on campus at the radio station and in marketing. They can work in broadcast and publication contexts through live-streaming of sports events and writing and editing for the school newspaper. Students have various opportunities, in the classroom and beyond, to gain practical skills in media production that they can then use to enter our Redlands Film Festival. Students at Redlands are geographically well-placed to attend workshops put on by professionals in the media industry, get internships at radio and television stations and in film production companies and studios, and volunteer at global events including the Palm Springs International Film Festival. A vibrant campus environment awaits students interested in media, and students in MVC can be leaders on campus and in surrounding communities.
Program Learning Outcomes
By the time of graduation, Media and Visual Culture Studies majors will, at an appropriate level of sophistication, have demonstrated their ability to:
Interpret and produce media texts in light of the foundational skills of formal visual/aural analysis; applied in conjunction with theoretical perspectives;
Reflect on media and visual culture by comparing and interrelating texts in terms of both content and the contexts of production and consumption;
Analyze the ways in which relations of power are represented and mediated, using a range of interpretive methods and theories; and,
Devise and execute significant research or creative project, including a substantial piece of writing, which builds on earlier work undertaken in the major.
General Education Requirements
General Education is a broad description of the curriculum that embodies our commitment to a liberal arts education at the University of Redlands. Our general education conveys the range of fields of study, ways of thinking, and practices of scholarship and creativity that enable students to graduate as critical thinkers capable of innovatively and collaboratively adapting to challenges that come their way in the future.
Our general education is comprised of a Liberal Arts Inquiry (LAI) or Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) curriculum.
Entering first-year students and transfer students arriving with fewer than 32 credits in Fall 2018 will follow the LAI curriculum.
All transfer and returning students with 32 credits or more (i.e., sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in Fall 2018 will follow the LAF curriculum.