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Visual Studies at SCI-Arc introduces students to an expanded view of architectural possibilities and promotes the importance of representation in the production of new architectural ideas and worlds.

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Visual Studies project by Gregory Kokkiotis

Heading titleA Defining Feature of SCI-Arc’s Pedagogy

Through Visual Studies courses, students gain both professional competency and a means for creative speculation. By exposing students to the dual capacity of architectural techniques to represent and generate ideas, the Visual Studies curriculum integrates students into an evolving tradition of design production.

The famously elaborate drawings, models, renderings, and animations produced by SCI-Arc students and faculty reflect not only the ability to technically document and visually communicate a building’s design, but also a deep and long-standing interest in employing these tools as generative creative media.

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"Using the latest visualization technology, from machine vision to augmented reality, students explore new ways to produce speculative aesthetics for art and architecture that bring together analog and digital worlds."

- Devyn Weiser, Visual Studies Coordinator

Heading titleRefining Technical Expertise and Visual Acuity

Visual Studies concentration is a defining feature of the SCI-Arc pedagogy. The famously elaborate drawings, models, renderings, and animations produced by our students and faculty reflect not only the ability to technically document and visually communicate a building’s design, but also a deep and long-standing interest in employing these tools as generative creative media. Visual Studies gives students both professional competency and a means for creative speculation. Through exposure to this dual capacity of architecture’s tools, the students are introduced to an evolving tradition of creative techniques.

Heading titleA Means for Creative Speculation

Visual Studies courses take a central role in exposing students to the techniques required for the interpretation and production of visual culture.

In addition to setting the foundation for understanding the implications of working within the framework of architectural representation strategies, students will become familiar with established and emergent systems and fabrication processes.

Using the latest visualization technology, from machine vision to augmented reality, students explore ways to produce speculative aesthetics for art and architecture that bring together analog and digital worlds.

Heading titleSkills-Based Communication

Students may choose to continue growing skills learned in Visual Studies with advanced electives led by architects and other creative professionals focusing on topics such as graphic design, interactive navigation, animation, documentary filmmaking, photography, and industrial and production design. Recent elective courses have included time-based visualization in the Robot House, scripting in Grasshopper and Processing, 3D animation in Maya, virtual reality in Tilt Brush, and augmented reality in Vuforia.

Final student exhibition from M. Casey Rehm and Andreas Cadioli's Visual Studies Seminar