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Studio Practice academic plans

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Four-year Honours academic plans | Three-year General academic plans | Minor academic plans | Specializations

Four-year Honours academic plans

Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice

The Honours Studio Practice academic plan is designed to prepare students for work in the creative arts sector by teaching and fostering practical creative and analytical skills within a university environment. Students are introduced to studio art practice in our foundation course in the Fall of their first term of study. After that, over three terms (in years one and two) students take at least six studio courses from more than 20 possibilities, each concentrating on specific media: drawing, painting, digital, print, sound, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, and wearable media. Year three is focused on honing technical skills in these areas, in concert with learning how to develop an independent body of work.

The final year is dedicated to creating a cohesive body of work which is then showcased in the Honours Graduation Exhibition in March of the last term of study. Studio courses and the student’s own studio practice are underpinned by courses in modern art, contemporary art and visual culture as well as courses outside the department. Professional practice, such as documentation of work, installation, writing an artist statements and preparation of the exhibition catalogue, are all components of the fourth year studio course.

Specific details about the Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice academic plan requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Arts and Business Co-op and Regular

Students may combine the Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice academic plans with Arts and Business.

Honours Double Majors

Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice may be taken in combination with most Arts majors in which an Honours major is offered or with many Honours majors in other faculties.  Information about Double Majors is available in the Academic Calendar.

Three-year General academic plans

Three-year General – General Studio Art

The General Studio Art academic plan is designed to teach students technical and creative skills in a wide variety of media. Students are introduced to studio art practice in our foundation course in the Fall of their first term of study. After that, over three terms (in years one and two) students take at least six studio courses from more than 20 possibilities, each concentrating on specific media: drawing, painting, digital, print, sound, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, and wearable media. Studio experience is underpinned by courses in modern art, contemporary art and visual culture as well as courses outside the department. Professional practice, including volunteer work placements in local arts institutions (for course credit), are also components of the academic plan.

Specific details about the Three-year General – General Studio Art academic plan requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Minor academic plans

Fine Arts Studio Minor

The Fine Arts Studio Minor consists of eight courses including the foundation studio course, four more studio courses, plus three courses in Visual Culture (from the Art History group). The Minor is a complement to a major taken in another department at the university.

Specific details about the Fine Arts Studio Minor academic plan requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Specializations

Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice, Intensive Studio Specialization

Students enrolled in the Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice may wish to enhance their academic plan by pursuing the Intensive Studio Specialization which consists of double-weighted studio courses in the final year of study, an upper-level visual culture course that provides a theoretical framework for the student’s studio practice, plus additional studio courses.

Teaching Preparation Specialization

The Fine Arts – Teaching Preparation Specialization is open to students in Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice.  The Teaching Preparation Specialization requirements include courses in Psychology, Sociology, as well as experience in a classroom setting. This is excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a teaching career in Fine Arts.

Digital Art Specialization

The Digital Art Specialization is open to students majoring in Honours Fine Arts – Studio Practice and includes courses in both Fine Arts and Computer Science.