American University of Paris, The

School of Graduate Studies

Masters of Arts in Global Communications, Visual and Material Culture Track


6, rue du Colonel Combes

Paris, Ile-De-Fra 75007


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters of Arts in Global Communications, Visual and Material Culture Track

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The optional Visual and Material Culture Track (VMC) within the Master of Art in Global Communications (MAGC) offers an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural consideration of the increasing importance of visuality and interactivity in today’s world.

Students acquire in-depth knowledge of visual theories, contexts, and practices and their relationship to the global media—and develop critical thinking about the cultural forces behind visuality as a communicative practice.

Vision and visuality: more than meets the eye

Social, political, and economic conditions shape seeing and the production of objects and events for visual consumption. Reaching beyond traditional understandings of media and communication, we examine such things as imaging systems, screen practices, data graphics, architecture, tourism, performance, gaming, body ornamentation, race, gender, and sexuality—and all of these on both a global scale and within regional traditions.

Incorporating non-Western contributions to the field, this track combines a critical approach to theoretical and scientific understandings of vision and visuality with a rigorous consideration of the functions of the viewer, object, and environment in specific circumstances.


The American University of Paris has been continuously accredited since 1973 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of only six prestigious regional accreditation associations in the United States. The Middle States Commission accredits many other well known universities in the United States, such as Cornell University, Columbia University, and New York University. AUP is a non-profit educational institution incorporated in the State of Delaware and licensed by the Board of Education as a Delaware institution of higher education. The University is registered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3), a not-for-profit organization.

International Student Requirements:


Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 48

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): n/a

In State Tuition (per year): 40,201 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 40,201 EUR

Classification: Unknown

Locale: Large City