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Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Welcoming Message


VISUAL STUDIES was launched in 2005 as a BA Honors programme housed within the Philosophy Department. The programme achieved stand-alone Department status in 2009.


WELCOME

Like many Visual Studies Departments around the world, Visual Studies at Lingnan University offers an interdisciplinary course of study. At Lingnan University we focus on the following core sub-disciplines: Art History, Cognitive Film Studies, and Philosophical Aesthetics. Our emphasis on Philosophical Aesthetics gives Visual Studies at Lingnan University a unique profile, as does our emphasis on Chinese art and cognitive approaches to film. Our teachers all hold research degrees in one of our core sub-disciplines, and some teachers have specialized training in several of the relevant areas.


In an effort to foster an international and cosmopolitan mind-set, we, like most Departments at Lingnan University, aim to send approximately half of our students abroad for a semester. We have worked hard to develop links with Partner Institutions offering courses of study likely to be of particular interest to Visual Studies students. Visual Studies students are, for example, able to spend a semester at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, or at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, among others.


We launched an Artist-in-Residence programme in 2006. Bringing in one local and one non-local (ideally, one established and one emerging) artist on an annual basis, this programme offers students studio practice courses in a wide range of media.


One of the goals of the Artist-in-Residence programme is to help students to understand the art world from the practitioners’ perspective. Each artist’s residency concludes with an Exhibition of artistic work, and these exhibitions are often occasions for student involvement in curatorial practice. Our Artist-in-Residence programme is complemented by studio practice courses taught by one of our full-time staff members. Further learning of a more practical nature is available through our Internship programme and through several courses with a Service-Learning component aimed at community engagement and knowledge transfer.