Artwork by Qian Sun titled The Suspended

If you have any questions about courses please contact:

  • Brett Roberts (519-888-4567 x30372), the Administrative Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies

Fine Arts courses overview

A list of Studio courses and their descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar coded as FINE

Information about Visual Culture courses offered in Fine Arts can be found under both FINE and VCULT.  For Visual Culture courses offered outside of the Fine Arts department, please see the Undergraduate Calendar (Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture, Three-year General – Visual Culture, Visual Culture in a Global Context Minor).

To find out which courses are currently offered and when, please search FINE or VCULT on the Schedule of Classes.

(Please note that students enrolled in studio should expect material costs to range between $60 and $200 per course.)

Topic offerings for Winter 2020

FINE 392 Selected Subjects in Fine Arts

This course provides a hands-on introduction to the field of “Tech Art” for 4th year engineering students, upper year fine art students, and knowledge integration students, including how it bridges the worlds of fine art and engineering. The main focus of this course is on the conceptual development, design, creation, and critical analysis of “Tech Art”, both independently and in multi-disciplinary collaborative teams. Critical analysis skills will be developed from both technical and artistic perspectives, while the concepts of iterative design and interdisciplinary collaboration will be introduced and applied as part of creating and documenting two “Tech Art” projects. The conceptual, formal and aesthetic considerations contribute to the meaning of the work and must be developed and resolved in tandem with the technical considerations in order to build a successful, engaging work of art.

FINE 307 Advanced Topics in Studio

These courses provide Fine Arts students with an opportunity to study a range of advanced topics that expand, explore, and refine personal areas of interest in studio practice. Advanced topics are announced term by term.

FINE 307 Section 001- Topic: Art and Text in Studio Practice

This course will focus on narrative / non-narrative engagement and conceptual experimentation with text. Students will work on independent text-based projects and will engage with language in ways that are meaningful to their individual interests. Students can work in a variety of fields – print, time-based media, painting, sculpture, audio and drawing. Typography and an understanding of the fundamentals of working with type will be the foundation on which students will develop their projects. Students will look at practitioners such as the concrete poets, the texts of Kurt Schwitters, Fluxus, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Kruger, Ken Lum and Kay Rosen to list a few.

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:20 from January 5 - February 11

FINE 307 Section 002- Topic: Motion in Sculpture

Taught from a Fine Arts perspective, the objective of this course is to introduce students to the incorporation of movement into sculpture. We will be looking at the work of Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, László Moholy-Nagy, Jean Tinguely, Rebecca Horn, Arthur Ganson and Anne Lilly to decipher methodologies of movement. The course will begin with analysis of different types of analogue mechanical systems such as levers, linkages and cams, alongside newer digital technologies like Arduino and other microcontrollers. Motors, sensors and interactive design will also be analyzed. Students will work to produce one minor and one major artwork along with a set of technical milestones.

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:20 from February 25 - March 31

FINE 307 Section 003- Topic: Photography Zone

This course provides the opportunity to express your own individual ideas and interests through the production of a series of photographs that relate to each other in form and in content, as well as subject.  Your ideas will advance through weekly critiques as well as one on one discussions with your colleagues and your instructor.   The emphasis will be placed on developing strong in-camera technical skills versus post production manipulation via still imaging software.  You will be required to work your ideas out visually through producing and hanging work prints in your studio space.  This process will assist you in establishing a working methodology that can be carried forward into 4th year.  Photography will be explored, as a discipline in and of itself, as well as a tool that can be used to inform other disciplines as a means for studio production. 

*Students will be required to own their own DSLR camera for this course – the volume of work required to be successful will not be possible through relying on signing out cameras from the tool crib.  The communal fee will be used toward the printing of the final work, for public presentation.

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-3:20 from January 5 - February 11

Fine 308 Honours Studio/Seminar

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-3:20 from February 25 - March 31