Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Visual Cultures is a research-driven certificate. Selection of courses should contribute to your professional development. The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 9 graduate-level credits in a combination of required and elective coursework, with a GPA of 3.0 (4.0 basis). Required coursework consists of ART HIST/​AFROAMER  801 Historiography, Theory and Methods in Visual CultureART HIST/​AFROAMER  802 Visual Cultures: Topics in Visual Cultures, or equivalent. Elective coursework consists of one 3-credit course to be selected, in consultation with a program faculty advisor, from a wide range of crosslisted and “meets with” courses offered by program faculty in numerous programs and departments. A list of possible course options are available on the CVC website, although it is not exhaustive. Please, note that even if a course is listed on the website it is not a guarantee that it will receive program credit. Please, consult with the Director of the CVC to ensure that your selected courses meet the criteria for credit.

To initiate your application for a Graduate Certificate at the Center for Visual Culture, please fill out the declaration form and assessment form. These documents, along with your Portfolio and unofficial UW-Madison transcript, should be submitted to the following email address:

  1. Declaration form for MA Certificate
  2. Assessment form for MA Certificate
  3. Portfolio (two term papers from courses that align with the Visual Cultures requirements, or artistic presentations that represent the culmination of a course).
  4. PDF of your unofficial UW-Madison transcript (to verify that your CVC course work consists of at least 9 credit hours and you have earned a grade of A, AB, or B for each course)


  1. Show comprehension of the history, theories, and methods of Visual Culture as a field of study as they are practiced in the field of Visual Cultures.
  2. Demonstrate critical ability to work with and develop Visual Culture theories and methods.
  3. Develop capacity to conduct original research in Visual Culture.
  4. Show ability to work with Visual Culture theories and methods in the analysis and presentation of original research which may take oral, written, and visual forms.
  5. Develop the critical analytic, rhetorical, and technical skills necessary to effectively communicate original research in Visual Culture.