The Interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies invites students to investigate their place in a global system of images and to make images, objects, and digital artifacts with critical awareness. Additionally, the program trains students in interdisciplinary rigor and encourages them to examine the relationship between the visual and various structures of power.
Located in VCAM, Visual Studies links elements of the curriculum, campus, and broader community, highlighting the intersections between courses, faculty, students, departments, and Centers engaging the visual.
The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH)
The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities supports the intellectual and artistic ambitions of faculty, students, and staff. Housed in the VCAM, the Center fosters collaboration, experimentation, and critical thought through seminars, symposia, research and curricular support, working and reading groups, arts and performance residencies, exhibitions, and visual culture programming. Our initiatives reach beyond the local and familiar to connect with diverse communities of writers, artists, scholars, and performers, and with thinkers and activists of all kinds.
The HCAH has a deep commitment to the arts and coordinates the Tuttle Creative Programs, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and the Campus Exhibitions Program. Through vigorous inquiry and innovative artistic practice, the Hurford Center works across the campus to cultivate interdisciplinary connections between humanistic endeavors and ethical currents in the wider public.
VCAM houses a rotating group of Haverford faculty engaged with visual culture, arts, and media projects.
VCAM Faculty Fellows teach at least one course per semester in the facility, with priority given to those courses that fall under the rubric of the new Interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies. Fellows have offices in the facility and receive funding to support their research, visiting scholars, screenings, exhibitions, and other projects in VCAM.
Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (PACC)
The Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (PACC) initiative cultivates social change arts projects anchored in the community and the Haverford College curriculum.
Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PACC explores the role of the arts in effecting civic change and encouraging sustainable participatory communities of engagement. In partnership with local non-profit organizations, artists, Haverford faculty, and students, the initiative will create a regional hub coordinating a network of partners and activities within the Philadelphia area. Sited in VCAM as part of the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, PACC will support cooperative creative arts alliances and create new curricular and scholarly structures for arts civic engagement.
Haverford Innovations Program (HIP)
Housed in the VCAM epicenter, Haverford Innovations Program (HIP) encourages and supports creative and strategic thinking around a problem, a need, a question, or simply an interest - that when fostered presents new solutions and opportunities for entrepreneurial projects and paths of learning.
HIP provides grants, structured-learning, and a meeting and ideation space that enables students, faculty, and alumni to collaborate with each other around their passions and interests, while providing the support necessary to bring their projects to life, benefitting their greater community.
DocuLab is a donor-funded five-year program that will develop student-faculty documentary work in VCAM.
Students will spend ten weeks both on campus and in the field developing documentary projects, working with faculty, visiting filmmakers, and technicians. Taking advantage of the new filmmaking spaces and equipment in VCAM, the initiative builds on the College’s successful Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellows Program (WAKE, Capitalish) and the Hurford Center’s Tuttle Summer Arts Lab (The Pool Movie Project).