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About the Visual Communications Departments
The arts--visual arts, theater, music and dance--challenge and extend human experience. They provide means of expression that go beyond ordinary speaking and writing. They can express intimate thoughts and feelings. They are a unique record of diverse cultures and how these cultures have developed over time. They provide distinctive ways of understanding human beings and nature. The arts are creative modes by which all people can enrich their lives both by self-expression and response to the expression of others.
Works of art often involve subtle meanings and complex systems of expression. Appreciating such works requires the careful reasoning and sustained study that lead to informed insight. Importantly, fully understanding the arts involves firsthand work in them.