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Artwork by Qian Sun titled The Suspended

If you have any questions about courses please contact:

Karin Staley, the Administrative Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies or;

Bojana Videkanic, the Fine Arts Associate Chair of 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 Fall 2017

VCULT 200  Visual Studies Across Disciplines

VCULT 200 is an interdisciplinary course that will probe these topics in detail by looking at various examples of what we call visual culture today: from music videos, contemporary film, Twitter and Facebook feeds, to advertising, contemporary art, and multimedia. This course is offered through the department of Fine Arts and is open to students in level 2A

Today we are bombarded with images in private and public spaces through a variety of visual technologies. We are exposed to many different representational practices. Images are deeply involved with the questions of politics, representation and cultural meaning because they are constantly around us. They project specific ideas, tell different stories and influence our decisions, values and behaviors. In the new 'digital' world, in which technology enhances our vision and manipulates what we see, how do we position ourselves vis-a-vis ideas of truth, meaning and originality? What is true, or original? Is there a point in even asking what is a copy? Therefore, the question of what visual culture is, is not just a question of what images are or their history, rather a question of how images participate in the creation of contemporary consciousness (both public and private), how they make meaning, engage different discourses, and finally construct the world and reality as we know it.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact Karin Staley or Bojana Videkanic.

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.

Fall 2017 term:

  • Fine 307 Section 1: Moving Parts: Introducing Motion into Sculpture introduces 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. Sensors and interactive design will also be studied. Students will work to produce one artwork along with a set of milestones.
  • Fine 307 Section 2: Art and Text: Working with Language in a Studio Practice focuses 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 and Graham Gilmore to list a few.
  • Fine 307 Section 3: Digital Photography Practice places an emphasis on in-camera technical skills development through the production of a body of photographs that are formally and conceptually cohesive.   This course will assist any student whose artistic practice uses still images as source for other studio disciplines.  It is an independent studio course - you will be exploring your own personal voice and ideas through the medium the photography.  You will need your own Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR) to be successful in this course - you cannot rely on signing out a camera from the tool crib.
  • Fine 307 Section 4: Advanced Painting is an independent studio course that places an emphasis on technical skills development through the production of a series of paintings that relate to each other conceptually as well as formally.  You will be researching and making paintings on a subject that is of interest to you.  You will be required to make your own supports and purchase paint of your choice and any other materials as needed for your studio work. Note: Fine 202, 220 or 221 are required before taking this course.

FINE 392 Special Topics

  • Not offered in Fall 2017