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Course Descriptions

Studio courses are offered in the following subjects: Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Imaging, and Digital Multimedia. Courses in a studio subject consist of four hours of practical work in a studio class each week. Assigned projects will require that considerable additional studio work be done outside scheduled class time. Students will supply their own artist's materials. Some courses may not be offered every year. Please contact the fine arts division prior to registration to confirm course offerings.


First Year

1000 

Introduction to Two-Dimensional Media 

is an introduction to two-dimensional media (design, drawing and painting) that will provide students with both studio experience and an increased sensitivity to aesthetic concerns. Students will investigate design principles through an exploration of visual fundamentals. The course will also cover basic drawing, including drawing from life and will introduce the study of colour through the use of a variety of media. These concepts will be explored through lecture and/or studio experiences. Students are not expected to have previous drawing or art experience.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 3 hours of studio per week

1001 

Introduction to Process Based Media 

is an introduction to process-based media that will provide students with both studio experience and an increased sensitivity to aesthetic concerns. Students will be shown the fundamental concepts of a variety of process-based media with selections being made from the media of printmaking, sculpture and photo media (photography, digital imaging, performance, video). These concepts will be explored through lecture and/or studio experiences. Students are not expected to have previous art experience.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 3 hours of studio per week

1500 

Drawing I 

is the fundamentals of drawing with study of line, tone, shape, volume, form, texture, space. Emphasis on drawing the human figure and studio practice.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1510 and VART 1520

CR: the former VART 100A/B

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1501 

Drawing II 

is a continuation of work begun in Drawing I.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1511 and VART 1521

CR: the former VART 100A/B

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500

1510 

Two-Dimensional Design and Media I 

is the exploration of two-dimensional surface, spatial organization and media through studio practice.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1500 and VART 1520

CR: the former VART 110A/B

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1511 

Two Dimensional Design and Media II 

is a continuation of work begun in Two Dimensional Design and Media I

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1501 and VART 1521

CR: the former VART 110A/B

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1510

1520 

Three-Dimensional Design and Media I 

is the exploration three-dimensional form, spatial organization and media through studio practice.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1500 and VART 1510

CR: the former VART 120A/B

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1521 

Three Dimensional Design and Media II 

is a continuation of work begun in Three Dimensional Design and Media I.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1501 and VART 1511

CR: the former VART 120A/B

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1520

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).


Second Year

2000 

Second Year Drawing I 

is development of drawing skills with emphasis on the human figure and studio problems.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2001 

Second Year Drawing II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 2000.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2000

2100 

Introductory Painting I 

is painting media applied to problems of spatial structure, light, colour, volume and surface relationships.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2101 

Introductory Painting II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 2100.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2100

2200 

Introductory Sculpture I 

is development of accurate and expressive control of three-dimensional media.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2201 

Introductory Sculpture II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 2200.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2200

2300 

Introductory Printmaking I 

- inactive course.

2301 

Introductory Printmaking II 

- inactive course.

2310 

Introductory Printmaking: Relief 

is an intensive exploration of Relief Printmaking concepts and techniques using wood and lino.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2311 

Introductory Printmaking: Intaglio 

is an intensive exploration of Intaglio Printmaking concepts and techniques. Also includes monoprint and collograph experience.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2320 

Introductory Printmaking: Serigraphy 

is an intensive exploration of Serigraphic Printmaking concepts and techniques.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2321 

Introductory Printmaking: Lithography 

is an intensive exploration of Lithographic Printmaking concepts and techniques.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2400 

Introductory Photography I 

is basic technique of black and white photography including negative exposure, film development and print production.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2401 

Introductory Photography II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 2400.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2400

2600 

Introductory Digital Imaging I 

is an introduction to the computer as an art-making tool. Computer basics. Creation acquisition, manipulation and output of digital images using several applications.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521

2601 

Introductory Digital Imaging II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 2600. Students will learn to create original artworks directly on the computer and how to incorporate images from other sources using a colour scanner. The ethics, aesthetics and theory of digital image-making for artists will also be addressed.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2600

2900-2909 

Special Topics in Visual Arts 

is a range of introductory topics that might include: Textile Practices, Japanese Woodblock, Introduction to Time Based Media.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521, VART 2700, VART 2701, and permission of the Program Chair

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).


Third Year

3000 

Intermediate Drawing I 

is further development of drawing skills.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2001

3001 

Intermediate Drawing II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 3000.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 3000

3100 

Intermediate Painting I 

is continued development of painting stressing personal expression and critical awareness.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2101

3101 

Intermediate Painting II 

is a continuation of VART 3100.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 3100

3200 

Intermediate Sculpture I 

is continued development of skills in sculpture media.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2201

3201 

Intermediate Sculpture II 

is a continuation of VART 3200.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 3200

3300 

Intermediate Printmedia I 

is projects in Printmedia. The course will introduce contemporary printing technologies and media applications in conjunction with development of personal expression and critical awareness in the use of printmedia.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3310 and 3320

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 6 credit hours from any of VART 2310, 2311, 2320, 2321

3301 

Intermediate Printmedia II 

is projects in Printmedia. In consultation with the instructor students will select the medium or combination of media in which to work.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3311 and VART 3321

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 3300

3350 

Directed Studies in Printmaking 

is a professional work/study experience in Printmaking. The student will undertake his or her own projects in Printmaking. In addition, he/she will assist the Director and/or Master printer at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, NL in the day-to-day operations of the studio. The student will be required to write a paper on an aspect of Printmaking as it pertains to St. Michael’s Printshop. Normally this course is available during Spring Session only (May to mid-August) so that students can experience the complete summer activities scheduled at St. Michael’s.

PR: 6 credit hours chosen from VART 2310, VART 2311, VART 2320, or VART 2321, and permission of the Program Chair

3400 

Intermediate Photography I 

is critical evaluation of photographs. Continued development of photographic skills, use of colour and larger camera formats.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2401

3401 

Intermediate Photography II 

is a continuation of VART 3400.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 3400

3500 

Combined Media I 

is thematic projects in combined media. In consultation with the instructor students will select the combination of media in which to work.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: permission of the Program Chair or 48 credit hours in Visual Arts courses

3501 

Combined Media II 

i - inactive course.

3510 

Digital Multi-Media I 

is an exploration of computer based multi-media production on the computer involving 2-D and 3-D graphics, animation, video, sound and text.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2601

3511 

Digital Multi-Media II 

is a continuation of the work begun in VART 3510. Students will learn how to create original artworks directly on the computer and how to incorporate still images, moving images, sound and text using a colour scanner, video camera, video cassette recorder, midi devices, etc. The ethics, aesthetics and theory of digital multi-media production for artists will also be addressed.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 3510

3900-3929 

Special Topics in Visual Arts 

is a range of intermediate topics that might include: Ideas of Landscape, Word and Image, Installation, Performance, Art and the Environment, Non-Silver Photographic Processes, Book Arts.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521, VART 2700, VART 2701, and permission of the Program Chair

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).


Fourth Year

4900-4929 

Special Topics in Visual Arts 

is a range of senior topics that might include: Photo Journalism, Art and Politics, Community Practices, Environmental Practices.

AR: attendance in required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 1500 and VART 1501, VART 1510 and VART 1511, VART 1520 and VART 1521, VART 2700, VART 2701, and permission of the Program Chair

4950 

Independent Projects in Studio I 

will have students, under the supervision of a faculty member, produce an independent body of exploratory work and a related written artist statement and description of the progress and development of their work, and attend meetings with their faculty advisor. Students are required to submit work for evaluation at three critiques during the semester, and present a body of work and written documents to their advisor at the end of semester.

AR: attendance is required

PR: 54 credit hours of studio courses

4951 

Independent Project in Studio II 

will have students, under the supervision of a faculty member, produce an independent body of consistent work, and attend meetings with their faculty advisor. Students are required to submit work for evaluation at three critiques during the semester, and present a body of work and written documents to their advisor at the end of semester.

AR: attendance in required

PR: VART 4950

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).


Art History

The prerequisite for all 3000-level courses is VART 2701 or History 1101 or permission of the Chair, Visual Arts.

No students shall register in any course having an initial digit "4" unless they have successfully completed at least 6 credit hours in Art History courses or by permission of the Chair, Visual Arts.

2700 

Art History Survey I 

(same as History 2700) is the history of art from pre-historic times to the Renaissance.

CR: History 2700

2701 

Art History Survey II 

(same as History 2701) is the history of art from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

CR: History 2701

3620 

Philosophy of Art 

is an introduction to aesthetics; applications in Visual Arts, music and drama.

CR: Philosophy 3620

3700 

Art History: The Italian Renaissance 

(same as History 3700) is an overview of the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy with an emphasis upon the historical context in which art was produced.

CR: History 3700

3701 

Art History: The Renaissance Outside Italy 

(same as History 3701) is the Renaissance outside Italy from the late fourteenth century and the International style through the 16th century. As with the Italian Renaissance the art and architecture will be discussed in its historical context.

CR: History 3701

3702-3721 

Art History: Special Topics 

has a range of special topics which might include: Early Renaissance Art, Art of the Later Renaissance, Canadian Art to 1900, 20th C. Canadian Art, American Art to 1900, History Context and Modern Users.

3820 

Religion and the Arts 

(same as Religious Studies 3820) is an examination of the role of art in the expression of religious ideas, together with a study of specific religious themes and concerns in one or more of the following: literature, film, music, painting, sculpture, and dance.

CR: Religious Studies 3820

PR: Religious Studies 2810 or permission of the Department of Religious Studies

4700-4729 

Art History: Special Topics 

has a range of senior topics which might include: British Art and Architecture, Modern Art, Modern Art II, Aesthetics, 17th and 18th Century Art, 19th Century Art, Research Project in Modernism.

4730 

Art History: Modern Art I: Precursors to Modernism 

(same as History 4730) is an examination of the cultural, social, and political forces which, from 1750 to 1850, were to have a major impact on modernity and later modern art.

CO: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

CR: History 4730

PR: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

4731 

Art History: Modern Art II: Early Modernism 

(same as History 4731) is an examination of the various cultural and social forces between 1850 and 1914 which shaped the rise of the Modern movement.

CO: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

CR: History 4731

PR: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

4740 

Current Issues in Art 

- inactive course.

4741 

Art Criticism 

- inactive course.

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).


Notes

  1. All courses in Visual Arts, excepting VART 1000 and 1001 and Art History courses, are restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree programme.

  2. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme is rigorous and demanding and it is assumed that students will be enrolled for full-time study. A student who withdraws from a course may put his/her programme in jeopardy or be unable to complete the degree in the normally allotted time.

  3. Where circumstances warrant, any prerequisite(s) for Visual Arts courses may be waived by the Programme Chair.

  4. Any Programme regulations may be waived upon request of Programme Chair by the appropriate Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

  5. While every effort has been made to provide accurate information on these pages, the Memorial University Calendar is the official publication of university regulations and should be consulted.



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