Arts, Media and Culture

This major focuses on how the fields of art and media operate within culture and how they transform it. Study formal, aesthetic and socio-cultural ways of understanding literature, visual art, film, music and other media.

Learn about a range of fields with the opportunity for some specialization. Gain experience working in fields such as visual arts, film, literature or media in both American and international contexts.

An Arts, Media and Culture degree prepares students for a range of careers including publishing, the arts, media, museum work, public relations and public history. It is also appropriate for students pursuing broad cultural literacy, as well as for those planning to continue their education in advanced study in performing and visual arts or the humanities.

In this major you will:

  • Cultivate insight unique to human beings and will be able to identify and explain interrelations among texts of apparently disparate discourses: literature, film and visual arts.
  • Acquire the interpretive skills necessary to analyze individual texts of various kinds - literary, film, art, televisual, musical - closely and critically. Students will be not just literate but visually or audiovisually literate.
  • Understand the importance of history and culture as they shape and are in turn shaped by arts and media.
  • Gain practical experience in the creative processes of one of the arts or media studied in the major.
  • Be able to express the knowledge and experience described in the items listed above in clear, concise and persuasive writing.

Arts Media and Culture degree requirements

For Arts, Media and Culture, you need to complete 60 credits, which must include a minimum of 30 credits of upper-division courses.  Students choose one track to pursue.

Overall, 45 credits upper-division and 45 credits of IAS courses are required to meet degree requirements. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, in order to earn a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen major.

Arts, Media and Culture has four themed tracks. You can choose the track that best suits your educational and career goals. Each track has its own requirements and can be found on the appropriate checklist below. 

For questions about the Arts, Media and Culture major, contact advisors Susan Morreira or Suzanne McCusker, or the Arts, Media and Culture major coordinator, Assistant Professor Ellen Bayer.

Arts Media and Culture track checklists beginning winter 2017

Track I: Literature

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 5 credits, Interpretation (List C for Literature)
  • 10 credits, Studio (5 credits creative writing plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in Literature (List E)
  • 5 credits from List F or G (Film/Media or Visual and Performing Arts)

Track II: Film and Media

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 5 credits, Interpretation (List C for Film/Media)
  • 10 credits (5 credits upper-division TWRT plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in Film and Media (List F)
  • 5 credits in Literature or Visual and Performing Arts (List E or List G)

Track III: Visual and Performing Arts

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 5 credits, Interpretation (List C for Visual and Performing Arts)
  • 10 credits (5 credits upper-division TWRT plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in Visual and Performing Arts (List G)
  • 5 credits in Literature or Film and Media (List E or List F)

Track IV: Comparative Arts

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 10 credits, Interpretation (one class from two of the following: List C for Literature, List C for Film/Media, or List C for Visual and Performing Arts)
  • 10 credits (5 credits upper-division TWRT plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in List E-G (at least 5 credits from each list)

Arts Media and Culture course lists beginning winter 2017

List A: History

This list provides broad historical contexts in which to understand the arts, media and culture. Students in all tracks are required to take 10 credits.

List B: Culture

Courses in this list set the study of arts and media in broad cultural or social contexts. Students in all tracks are required to take 5 credits.

List C: Interpretation

Interpretation for Track I: Literature (List C):

This list includes courses that provide language and concepts for the critical study of texts and objects. Courses taken in this list cannot be double-counted to satisfy other requirements.

Interpretation for Track II: Film & Media (List C)

This list includes courses that provide language and concepts for the critical study of texts and objects. Courses taken in this list cannot be double-counted to satisfy other requirements.

Interpretation for Track III: Visual and Performing Arts (List C)

This list includes courses that provide language and concepts for the critical study of texts and objects. Courses taken in this list cannot be double-counted to satisfy other requirements.

Interpretation for Track IV: Comparative Arts (List C)

  • Any two of the Lists C for Track I, II, or III, each from a different list.

List D: Practice/Studio Course

(** denotes course counted as creative writing)

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List E: Literature

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List F: Film and Media

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List G: Visual and Performing Arts

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Arts Media and Culture track checklists prior to winter 2017

Track I: Literature

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 5 credits, Interpretation in Literature (TLIT 200, TLIT 251, TLIT 252 or TLIT 253)
  • 10 credits, Studio (5 credits upper-division creative writing* plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in Literature and Language (List G)
  • 5 credits Visual and Performing Arts or Film and Media (List E or List F)

*creative writing courses are identified with ** in List D

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Track II: Film and Media

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 5 credits, Interpretation in Film/Media (TFILM 272 or TCOM 201)
  • 10 credits, Studio (5 credits upper-division TWRT plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in Film and Media (List F)
  • 5 credits in Visual and Performing Arts or Literature and Language (List E or List G)

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Track III: Visual and Performing Arts

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 5 credits, Interpretation in Visual Arts (TARTS 200)
  • 10 credits, Studio (5 credits upper-division TWRT plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in Studio Art (List D)
  • 5 credits in Film and Media or Literature and Language (List F or List G)

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Track IV: Comparative Arts

  • 10 credits, History (List A)
  • 5 credits, Culture (List B)
  • 10 credits, Interpretation in different tracks (must be from two different tracks)
  • 10 credits, Studio (5 credits upper-division TWRT plus 5 additional credits from List D)
  • 25 credits in List E-G (at least 5 credits from each list)

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Arts Media and Culture course lists prior to winter 2017

List A: History

List B: Culture

(* denotes course open to Global Honors students only)

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List C: Interpretation

List D: Practice/Studio Course

(** denotes course counted as creative writing)

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List E: Visual and Performing Arts

(* denotes course open to Global Honors students only)

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List F: Film and Media

(* denotes course open to Global Honors students only)

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List G: Literature and Language

(* denotes course open to Global Honors students only)

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 Additional courses may be approved and added to courses lists to provide students more flexibility and options.
Please refer to this page often for the most up-to-date information.

To request changes to this page, please contact Kelly Kledzik at kellyk6@uw.edu.