Sep 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Hip-Hop Studies & Visual Culture Minor (HHVC)

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Description: The VCDMA program under Department of Fine and Performing Arts now offers a new minor in Hip-Hop Studies & Visual Culture (HHVC). This is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on research, critical discourse, creative and studio projects on hip-hop and its elements as expressed through, but not limited to: DJ-ing, MC‐ing, Graffiti, B-Boy-ing (Dance) and Knowledge. The minor allows for opportunities for research on visual culture, technology, contemporary art, design and media studies.

Furthermore, this minor incorporates studies in contemporary art/design history, aesthetics, criticism and theory; performance art: music, theater and dance.  Students will also review the impact of hip-hop on popular culture, technology and the humanities. This unique minor consists of a minimum of 24-27 credits depending on the course plan, as students will consult with the academic advisor.

The minor allows students an opportunity to investigate how hip-hop as a cultural, artistic, social, economic and even political phenomenon relates to global society as a whole. Students will learn how the foundation of African and African American cultural, musical and creative expression and traditions have also influenced and impacted hip-hop and other related genres.

Goals: The goals are to use visual culture as a vehicle to further investigate how hip-hop and related forms are expressed and communicated in the artistic, musical and specifically visual traditions. Although this new area of focus will reside primarily in VCDMA, in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the need for collaboration with other disciplines and departments within the Bowie State University will be critical.

This program will be open to all students regardless of backgrounds or majors and to also for those who seek to develop specific research and creative projects, presentations, exhibitions, performances and/or trans media projects focused or related to hip-hop studies and/or visual culture.  Students will declare the minor in consultation with their program advisor.

Students who chose to minor in Hip-Hop Studies and Visual Culture (VCDMA) must maintain a grade of a “C” or better in all minor and required courses.  This new concentration in Hip‐Hop Studies may be useful, but not limited to the following: Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), Art, Theater Arts, Music and Music Technology (Department of Fine and Performing Arts; Business, Marketing, Advertising, History and Government, Social Sciences, English and Modern Languages, Public Relations, Journalism (Communications) and others.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the various artistic genres, movements of contemporary, urban, street art, design, music and culture
  • Investigate the foundations of hip-hop and those who have made significant contributions
  • Discuss and critique through examples, the impact hip-hop has had on contemporary art, design, fashion, performance: (theatre/music/dance), film; popular media and culture
  • Study the history, aesthetics and elements of hip-hop and current trends and nuances
  • Conduct and produce evidence of research on popular Black art, music and culture and how hip-hop has been influenced these forms and industry
  • Produce projects, visual, written and oral presentations; websites, multimedia, creative projects and performances related to hip-hop, contemporary and underground
  • Critique on-campus and off-campus, hip-hop related events, field trips and performances
  • Contrast hip-hop vs. the industry by exploring the commercialization and often exploitive aspects, misrepresentation and misunderstanding of hip-hop
  • Collaborate with hip-hop based artists, scholars, students, producers, ethnomusicologists and other hip-hop and community related organizations, institutions locally and globally for research and projects such as conferences, creative projects, journals and paper presentations

ENGL 101 & 102 (GEN ED)


* Requires a prerequisite of ENG 102

** Requires an additional prerequisite of ENGL 236 Intro to Literature

*** Suggest that students take ART 102 Intro to Anthropology before and use as General Education, Social Science Elective

**** Requires a prerequisite of VCDM 408 and at least (3 studio courses, 9 credits total) in ART, MUSIC, COMM or THEA studio courses (or others as approved)

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