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Critical Visions

The Critical Visions certificate program is jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. The program has two primary goals: (1) Increase students' understanding of what is at stake in how we see, including the social and political ramifications of advertising, art, media, science, and popular culture, among other dominant and subversive visual forms and visualizing practices. (2) Develop new artistic, media or design forms and practices that intervene in dominant ways of seeing and explaining the world. Students in the program’s capstone publish a biennial peer-reviewed critical theory/art journal, CVSN.

Degree: Undergraduate Certificate

Full-time program duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
DAAP Student Affairs
DAAP Admissions
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.


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Critical Visions Certificate


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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