Course code: KOVN13
ECTS credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Visual Culture

Study period: autumn semester 2022
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2022-10-31 – 2023-01-15
Language of instruction: English

Application code: LU-E9050

Application code: LU-31551
Eligibility: 90 credits from first cycle including Bachelor's essay in one of the subjects history of art and visual studies, filmvetenskap, musicology, design studies, architecture, visual view of mankind or the equivalent knowledge

Introductory meeting: 2022-10-31 at 13:15 – 14:00 in LUX:B129

Course coordinator: Ellen Suneson
Teachers: Fannie Frederikke Baden, Björn Fritz, Erika Larsson, Max Liljefors, Petra Preisler, Emma Shachat, Joacim Sprung, Ellen Suneson


The course covers the historical development of central aspects of modern and contemporary visual culture, such as the emergence of the modern city, photography, digital culture, and processes of globalisation. These modern and contemporary forms of visuality are studied with consideration of their continuities and discontinuities with the visual cultures of pre-modern periods.

The course examines modern and contemporary visual culture from three perspectives:

  1. The technological and social modernisation of the lifeworld, such as the growth of urbanisation, secularisation, image reproduction technologies, and colonialism.
  2. The emergence of new forms of display, exposition and visual milieus, as well as the experiences, sensations and sensibilities that they have fostered.
  3. Theoretical and philosophical understandings of modern and contemporary forms of visuality, and their cultural as well as existential implications for the human condition.


  1. Histories of Modern Visuality: Field Study, 5 ECTS
  2. Histories of Modern Visuality: Written Assignment, 10 ECTS


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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