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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo is a small, highly selective program for motivated, independently-minded scholars invested in critical discourses that analyze and challenge the social norm. We specialize in exploring those structuring ideologies that lurk beneath the visible and help select, order and make legible what can be seen - and what cannot be. We especially welcome students interested in considerations of sexuality and the body, and the technologies and sciences that underwrite and make visible our embodied self-understandings.

The doctoral program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo is among the most interdisciplinary, flexible and progressive PhD programs in the country. Designed to be small and selective, it offers extremely close working relationships with faculty, but with all the benefits of a leading, large research university. This program offers a study of visual culture with a particular emphasis on the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Integrating art history, histories of the image, and critical theory with alternative perspectives rooted in sexuality studies, gender, the history of science, and other forms of cultural studies, the PhD program offers a course of study in visual culture that effaces traditional disciplinary boundaries. You are welcome to take courses in any department or program at Buffalo for credit and your course of study will be tailored to your research focus in consultation with your advisers. There are only a few required courses - an introduction to visual studies/critical theory and another course that analyzes art in the context of social change.

The PhD in Visual Studies centrally interrogates how ideologies both reveal, and camouflage, visual meanings, part of a larger inquiry into the manifold points of contact between theories of the social and those discourses of the humanities, social and natural sciences that purport to describe and define them. This focus affords students the opportunity to explore how visual culture, far from a mere representation of reality is, in fact, a critical process that actively participates in the production of the real it claims to represent. We specialize in exploring those structuring ideologies that lurk beneath the visible and help select, order and make legible what can be seen - and what cannot be. We especially welcome students interested in considerations of sexuality and the body, and the technologies and sciences that underwrite and make visible our embodied self-understandings.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,

BUFFALO,

New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The equivalent of a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree; Active U.S. RN and NP licenses; An active national certification in the specialty to which you are applying (ex. CRNA, FNP, etc.); MSN GPA of 3.25 or higher

For international students

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA (or equivalent) of 3.5 or above unless a compelling case can be made for the waiver of this requirement.

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 79, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 550, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.5, the minimum score of PTE is 55, the minimum score of Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Old Scale is 60, New Scale is 185, the minimum score of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Old Scale is 65, New Scale is 185.

January 1 is the application deadline to be considered for Presidential and Dean’s fellowships in addition to full Teaching Assistantships and tuition waivers.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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