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Bachelor of Fine Arts 4-Year Honours

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Core Curriculum
32:130  Visual Design
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

This course will expose students to a practical and theoretical study of 2-D form through analysis of the elements of visual design: line, shape, value, texture and color. Principles of form organization: harmony, variety, balance, movement, proportion, dominance and economy will be examined in relation to their environment and spatial perceptions. The effect of tools and materials and function of the form of artowrks are explored.

3 lecture hours per week, both terms.


32:151  Artworks: An Overview of Contemporary Art Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

Artworks will expose students to a broad range of artistic practices through an introduction to artist workshops, studios, galleries, museums, or art related businesses. Students will become aware of the tools, hazards, training requirements, and opportunities available to the practicing artist while learning to develop a vision for their own studies and practices. The course will include at least one regional field trip. This course will take place at sites both on and off campus.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:165  Caves to Cathedrals
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

This course provides an introductory survey of art and architecture of the Western world from the Prehistoric through Late Gothic periods. A broad range of art forms from ancient and medieval cultures, monumental architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, luxury arts, and aesthetic systems will be examined within their historical and social contexts.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:166  Altars to Abstraction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:165 or permission of instructor.

This course provides an introductory survey of art and architecture of the Western world from Renaissance through early twentieth-century Modernism. These arts will be examined in terms of the historical and social contexts, including the impact of classical ideals, Enlightenment philosophies, and Modernist Primitivism on artistic developments.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:183  Drawing I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:151 (or B.F.A. Major)

This studio course offers a variety of approaches towards drawing as a primary art form including the formal study elements such as line, tone, texture, composition and perspective. Working in basic drawing media, this course takes on both representational and non-representational approaches.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:184  Drawing II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:183 or permission of instructor.

This studio course is a continuation of 32:183, where technical knowledge of drawing media is now applied to historical formatsincluding still life, landscape, figure drawing and the portrait, Illustration and expressionistic drawing will also be explored.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:185  Introduction to Clay I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:151 (or B.F.A. Major)

This course is a general introduction to ceramics and working with clay. Topics to be covered include clay types, clay preparation and simple hand building construction techniques. Basic potter's wheel and the process of glazing and firing are also introduced.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:186  Introduction to Clay II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:185

This course is a continuation of 32:185 Introduction to Clay I. It gives students further experience working with clay on the potter's wheel. Students learn how to produce basic forms such as cylinders, bowls, mugs, lug and strap handles. Basic glazing and decorating techniques are applied to Bisque and Greenware.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:187  Painting I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:151 (or B.F.A. major)

This course is intended to introduce students to basic techniques and principles involved in painting. Information on paint handling, color theory, canvas preparation and traditional painting techniques such as glazing, alla prima and impasto will be examined. Practical exercises will be accompanied by lectures on the historical context and applications of various techniques.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:188  Painting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:187 or permission from instructor

This course will expand on the painting techniques and principles that where introduced in 32:ART:187 Painting I. Students will be required to have some painting experience and to have a basic understanding of paint handling and colour theory. Exercises will be designed to challange the student to increase his or her technical and conceptual repertoire.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:252  3D Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:130

This is a studio course dealing with the principles and thories of three-dimensional design. Studetns will investigate the basic elements in visual organization such as form, space, valume, and mass, using a variety of materials and techniques. Theories of color, texture and value will be examined as they relate to other materials. This course serves as a foundation course into the other 3-D design areas (Ceramics, Sculpture, Industry Design, Jewlery Design, and Architecture).

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:261  Canadian Aboriginal Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil
Cross-registered with (Native Studies) 68:261

This course provides an introduction to Canadian Aboriginal art and art history, focusing on the geographical regions and cultural areas of the Northeast, Sub-arctic, Northern Plains, Northwest Coast, and the Artctic. The art forms of each region will be examined in terms of cultural meaning, aesthetic form, and historical context, as well as museum collection and arts patronage by non-Aboriginal peoples, and the significance of artistic expression for cultural survival and present-day identity.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:264  Modern Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:166

The role of this course is to examine critically the major art historical movements, schools and representative artists of the twentieth century to the beginnings of postmodernism. Coverage ranges across a broad spectrum in painting, sculpture, architecture and photography to conceptual forms, installation, performance and video art.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:271  Anatomy of the Human Form
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:184 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 99:271.

This course introduces the anatomy and structure of the human form. Explorations focus on the skeletal and muscular systems for both anatomical accuracy and expressive potential. Live models are frequently used as drawing subjects and to enhance understanding of proportion, movement and gender in the human form.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:272  Figure and Form
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:271

This course continues the examination of the human form as a subject for works of art. Live models are frequently used to explore both the relational and emotive content of figure drawing.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:367  Issues in Contemporary Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:264
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:267 or 32:268

The role of this course is to introduce and critically examine the relationship between culture, society, politics and visual art in the last century from Late Modernism to Postmodernism perspectives. This includes issues and concepts from psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural theory, postmodernism, feminism, Queer theory, gender studies and narritive theory. This examination will roughly parallel a survey of art historical developments but will concentrate on prividing the studetns with a clear guide for understanding ideas of critical theory trhough the visual.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:382  Contemporary Aboriginal Art History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32/68:261 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32/68:283.
Cross-registered with (Native Studies) 68:382

This course provides an in-depth examination of various artistic practices by contemporary artists of First Nations and Metis ancestry. Starting from the 1960's, the course focuses on various individual artists and movements as they relate to the historical and contemporary cultural and political realities of First Peoples.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:394  Thesis Planning
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

This is a practical guide for artists in preparation for the thesis exhibition. It prepares students to enter the world of professional artists and art making beyond graduation. Students will build a master archives of their work and CV's and learn to tailor portfolios for specific arts organizations, calls for artist submissions, and proposal development. Documentation and publication of artwork is also emphasized. Simultaneously students will develop the theoretical and conceptual basis of their thesis exhibition and produce key artworks that demonstrate this concept.

2 lecture hours per week
2 studio hours per week, one term.


32:394  Thesis Exhibition
15 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:394 with "B" or better grade and permission of department

In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Fine Arts, students will be required to present a final exhibition in their respective major. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will independently develop a body of work to be presented as a graduating exhibition, according to their plan developed in 32:394 Thesis Planning course.

15 studio hours per week, both terms.


Plus: Choose one course

16:170  Introduction to Information Technology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil
Cross-registered with (Mathematics & Computer Science) 62:170

This course introduces the basics and evolution of computer and communications hardware, systems and communication software, software development language/tools, and software productivity packages. Primary emphasis will be on the use of software development languages/tools and software productivity packages for developing business information systems applications in organizations.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


16:261  Marketing Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

As an introductory course, Marketing Fundamentals is designed to help students explore marketing as societal, consumer and managerial process. Although the broad focus is on understanding the societal and consumer implications of marketing activities, students will also adopt a managerial perspective to consider how marketing decisions about the choice of target markets and the development of product/service, price, promotion and distribution strategies influence the evolution of the exchange provess and the satisfaction of buyer needs.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


16:292  Mangement
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

An examination of the basic principles of management in the context of public, private and NFP organizations and organizational structures. The roles of management at various levels will be examined and current issues as they relate to management discussed. Cases are a part of the content and method.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.



List of Fine Art Electives
68:269  Introduction to Native Drama
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 68:152 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:DR:269
Cross-registered with (Drama) 20:269

A survey of theatrical forms, past and present, utilized by the aboriginal peoples. Emphasis will be placed on practical experiential study. This course is offered to students wanting to explore their own creativity in order to discover their cultural voice.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:150  Writing For Fine Arts
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

Students will become familiar with the different types of writing that support the fine arts discipline including artistic statement, critical writing, curatorial writing, grant application, project proposal, biography, newspaper and scholarly review, art historical research and writing.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:253  Western Religious Arts
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil
Cross-registered with (Religion) 86:25

An examination of selected topics in the history of Jewish, Christian and Islamic art and architecture. Explanations of religious iconography will be given in terms of the narrative and theological traditions of these religions. Ritual context and the effect of formal properties of art works will also be discussed.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:256  The Chemical Palette
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:186 or permission of instructo

This studio course is a guided exploration in clay and glaze technology. It is an in-depth examination of the function and preparation of raw materials used in clay bodies and glazes. Students will learn how to create clay and glaze recipes formulated for specific working methods and outcomes. Usable clay and glazed bodies will be developed in the practica through mixing and firing. Students will utilize and apply theory gained through experimental material analysis.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:257  History of Ceramics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

This course addresses the historical development and social significance of ceramics within selected historical periods and sociocultural contexts. The ceramic traditions of Asia, the ancient Mediterranean, Gothic and Renaissance Europe, ancient Mesoamerica, and present-day Africa will examined, as well as significance of cross-cultural interaction and gender roles in the ceramic arts.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:265  Asian Religious Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil
Cross-registered with (Religion) 86:26

This course will study the location and function of Hindu and Buddhist art works; the attributes of Hindu deities as depicted in sculpture and their explanation in terms of Hindu mythology; the life of the Buddha and its depiction in art; and the formal and iconographical characteristics of folk art, popular and high art. It will include a survey of the major historic periods of Asian religious art and an iconographical analysis of Tibetan tankas. Field trips will be undertaken to religious sites and art exhibitions.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:266  African Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Nil

This course provides an introduction to the visual arts of subSaharan Africa from its ancient civilizations to the present. The approach will be thematic, examining a representative range of arts in terms of the following topics: art and the concepts of civilization and wilderness; art and communication with the spiritual world; art and leadership; the arts of initiation; gender and artistic practice; expressions of tradition and change; and contemporary popular and gallery arts.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:273  Clay Sculpture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:185 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:373.

This studio course will look at traditional modeling methods and techniques in clay. Subject matter will include still life and the human form. Students will learn to prepare sculptural armatures and discover various surface treatments that can be applied to clay surfaces. Methods of finishing artworks for presentation will be included.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:282  Primitivism in Western Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:165 and 32:166

This course examines the impact of Western concepts of the primitive in European and North American art from the Enlightenment through Modern art historical periods. The course addresses Classical foundations of Western primitivism; Enlightenment exploration and the representation of non-Western peoples; and the ways in which Western ideals of the primitive "other" -- rural peasantry, women, and Asian, African, Oceanic, and North American Aboriginal peoples -- inspired developments in nineteenth and twentiethcentury Modernist art.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:350  Printmaking I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:183 or permission of instructor

This studio course will introduce techniques of relief and intaglio printmaking. Techniques of linocut, collagraph, woodcut, and drypoint will be investigated. Concentration will be on materials and tools associated with production of relief and intaglio prints. Techniques of cutting material, inking and pulling prints will be examined.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:351  Printmaking II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:350 or permission of instructor

This studio course will introduce techniques of intaglio printmaking. Students will investigate tools and materials associated with the intaglio techniques, which will include etching, line engraving, mezzotint, aquatint, and dry point. Techniques of pulling the prints, wetting papers and using acids will be examined.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:360  Studio Mold Technology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:186

This studio course focuses on the creation of molds for single reproduction and multiple reproduction purposes for small business settings. Various mold types and materials for application of mold construction will be examined and produced. Casting materials such as clays, rubbers, resins and plasters will be used for executing reproductions. Students will make templates for mold reproduction.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:375  Mixed Media
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:252 or permission of instructor

This studio course explores the use of unconventional media in artmaking. It takes an interdisciplinary approach that explores the myriad of possible mixes in terms of materials as well as ideas and currents in contemporary art. Projects will be media focused and will include installation, 2D collage and digital design.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:450  Kiln Building
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:353

This course will be looking at the history of the kiln, the principles of design and construction. Kiln types such as electric, cross draft, updraft and downdraft kilns will be examined. Refactory materials such as firebrick, mortars, ceramic fiber and castables will be looked at along with fuels, combustion and firing systems.

4 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:457  Monumental Ceramics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:273

This studio course will investigate the creation and production of ceramic pieces with monumental proportions. Students will be introduced to step-by-step methods of construction. A variety of materials used for fillers, enhancing clay body strength, and drying capabilities will be introduced. Installation methods for projects and finishes will be examined. Students will become aware of safe loading and firing applications for large pieces.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:481  Advanced Aboriginal Art and Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:187 or 32/68:289
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:381
Cross-registered with (Native Studies) 68:481

Advanced Aboriginal Art and Design is a studio course which stresses innovation and the freedom to experiment with a wide range of forms reflecting the diversity of aboriginal arts, from the traditional to the highly innovative use of media, techniques and conceptualizations.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.



4-Year Honours Major in Aboriginal Art (B.F.A.)
32:280  Ancient Aboriginal Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 68:152 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:DR:269
Cross-registered with (Drama) 20:269

A survey of theatrical forms, past and present, utilized by the aboriginal peoples. Emphasis will be placed on practical experiential study. This course is offered to students wanting to explore their own creativity in order to discover their cultural voice.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:289  Indigenous Art Techniques
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 68:152 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:DR:269
Cross-registered with (Drama) 20:269

A survey of theatrical forms, past and present, utilized by the aboriginal peoples. Emphasis will be placed on practical experiential study. This course is offered to students wanting to explore their own creativity in order to discover their cultural voice.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


32:383  Experiments in Indigenous Art Techniques
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 68:152 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:DR:269
Cross-registered with (Drama) 20:269

A survey of theatrical forms, past and present, utilized by the aboriginal peoples. Emphasis will be placed on practical experiential study. This course is offered to students wanting to explore their own creativity in order to discover their cultural voice.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.


Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)

Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)


4-Year Honours Major in Ceramics (B.F.A.)
32:254  Intermediate Wheel Throwing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:186

This course develops and extends skills learned in 32:ART:186 Clay II. The class will begin to look at more advanced forms and methods of working on the potter's wheel. Participants will be examining the aesthetics of visual balance and proportion with form and function. Vases, lidded containers, altered vessels, multiple piece forms and construction will be examined. Advanced continuation of glazing techniques and application will be included.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:273  Clay Sculpture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:185 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:373

This studio course will look at traditional modeling methods and techniques in clay. Subject matter will include still life and the human form. Students will learn to prepare sculptural armatures and discover various surface treatments that can be applied to clay surfaces. Methods of finishing artworks for presentation will be included.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:353  Advanced Ceramic Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:254 and 32:273 or permission of instructor
Credit cannot be held for both this course and 32:250

This course will further develop techniques required for ceramic art making. Focus will be placed on short introductory workshops including: glaze technology, clay bodies, firing technology, and mold making or slip casting. Students intending to major in Ceramics must take his course. They will be expected to undertake research and practice within their creative contexts.

This is also a repeatable course for students pursuing a major in ceramics to a maximum of 9 credit hours. Students repeating this course will work independently on a tutorial model, working toward clarifying and strengthening their own artistic creation. Selfdirected projects toward 32:400 Thesis Exhibition or further study in a particular area are encouraged.

3 studio hours per week, one term.


Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)

Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)


4-Year Honours Major in Drawing (B.F.A.)
32:350  Printmaking I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:183 or permission of instructor

This studio course will introduce techniques of relief and intaglio printmaking. Techniques of linocut, collagraph, woodcut, and drypoint will be investigated. Concentration will be on materials and tools associated with production of relief and intaglio prints. Techniques of cutting material, inking and pulling prints will be examined.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:379  Advanced Drawing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:183 or permission of instructor

This studio course will introduce techniques of relief and intaglio printmaking. Techniques of linocut, collagraph, woodcut, and drypoint will be investigated. Concentration will be on materials and tools associated with production of relief and intaglio prints. Techniques of cutting material, inking and pulling prints will be examined.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


Plus: Any 3 of the following for a total of 9 credit hours

32:351  Printmaking II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:350 or permission of instructor

This studio course will introduce techniques of intaglio printmaking. Students will investigate tools and materials associated with the intaglio techniques, which will include etching, line engraving, mezzotint, aquatint, and dry point. Techniques of pulling the prints, wetting papers and using acids will be examined.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:375  Mixed Media
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:252 or permission of instructor

This studio course explores the use of unconventional media in artmaking. It takes an interdisciplinary approach that explores the myriad of possible mixes in terms of materials as well as ideas and currents in contemporary art. Projects will be media focused and will include installation, 2D collage and digital design.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


200 Level Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)

200 Level Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)


4-Year Honours Major in Painting (B.F.A.)
32:287  Painting III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:188

An intermediate level painting course that investigates formal, technical and conceptual skills with painting from a contemporary perspective. As well as acquiring knowledge of paint in terms of material and technique, students will also develop and articulate the ideas and personal motivations that inform their work. This study includes an exposure to art historical movements and conventional themes in painting as well as presentation of current issues in contemporary art.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:288  Painting IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:287

As a follow up to 32:287, this intermediate level painting course continues formal, technical and conceptual investigation with painting from a contemporary perspective. It focuses on developing a mature painterly approach through both studio practice and the articulation of concepts around the work. This study continues an exposure to art historical movements and conventional themes in painting as well as presentation of current issues in contemporary art.

1.5 lecture hours per week
2.5 studio hours per week, one term.


32:374  Painting in Water-based Media
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 32:151 or permission of instructor

This course is an introduction to water-based media including acrylic paint and ink. As well as observing the basic formal techniques and characteristics of each media, it will focus on students developing contemporary themes and approaches in their work.

2 lecture hours per week
2 studio hours per week, one term.


Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)

Fine Art Elective (3 credit hours)



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