FINE 150: Appreciation and Expression
This course is designed for students who are not in the Fine Arts program but are interested in developing their appreciation of visual arts through studio practice. Course content varies each term and typically includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and print media.
Note: This course cannot be used to fulfill Fine Arts degree requirements.
FINE 130: Introduction to Digital Imaging
This online course is an introduction to current imaging software that students use to explore contemporary topics through digital imaging. This course is taught from a Fine Arts perspective.
Most Visual Culture courses taught in the Fine Arts department are open to non-Fine Arts majors and minors. These consist primarily of art history and film studies courses. Consult FINE and VCULT courses for options.
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.
Computational Fine Arts option
The Computational Fine Arts Option is available for the Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science) plans. This option gives Computer Science students an opportunity to develop creativity and critical thinking, ultimately applying their computer science skills to create works of art.