Visual Arts

 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) (Visual Arts) is a professional program designed to educate and train students in the history, theory and practice of the visual arts. Courses are offered in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital imaging and inter-media, and art history/visual culture. In addition to studio and art history/visual culture courses, students will take 24 credit hours in appropriate academic courses chosen in consultation with the department. This degree requires 120 credit hours over a four-year period.

 

Admission requirements

In addition to meeting the general academic requirements of the university, applicants for the BFA (VisualArts) will be required to submit a portfolio of previous artwork and completed departmental application form before March 1 of the year in which entry is sought. Enrolment in the program is limited and selection is competitive.

Courses available in the first year

Visual Arts 1000
Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art Practices (Available only at Grenfell Campus) provides an introduction to two-dimensional art practices with selections made from drawing, painting, and printmaking. Design elements and principles, aesthetic concerns, the study of colour, and fundamental concepts of a variety of two-dimensional media, materials and processes will be explored. Ways of describing, analyzing, interpreting and assessing art will be examined. This course is open to both visual arts and non-visual arts students.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Notes:

  1. 4 hours of studio per week
  2. Attendance is required
  3. This studio course is also open to Non-Visual Arts Students

Visual Arts 1001
Introduction to 3D, Photo and Time-based Art Practices (Available only at Grenfell Campus) provides an introduction to 3D, photo and time-based art practices with selections from sculpture, installation, photo-media, time-based art and related practices. Design elements and principles, postmodern strategies, aesthetic concerns, and fundamental concepts of a variety of media, materials, and processes will be explored. Ways of appreciating art and artistic processes will be examined. This course is open to both visual arts and non-visual arts students.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Notes:

  1. 4 hours of studio per week
  2. Attendance is required
  3. This studio course is also open to Non-Visual Arts Students

Visual Arts 1010
Introduction to Drawing (available only at Grenfell Campus) introduces the fundamentals of drawing with study of line, tone, shape, volume, form, texture and space. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required

Visual Arts 1110
Painting: Colour, Materials, and Processes (available only at Grenfell Campus) introduces the concepts, principles, and processes of painting. Students will be introduced to paint mediums, materials, and tools with a focus on colour, all within the context of contemporary art practices.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required

Visual Arts 1210
Introduction to Sculpture (available only at Grenfell Campus) introduces the exploration of three-dimensional form, sculpture materials and processes, and of the organization of relationships and interactions between objects and space.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required

Visual Arts 1310
Printmaking: Relief and Screenprinting (available only at Grenfell Campus) introduces visual language and concepts in conjunction with printmaking methods, materials and techniques via projects in relief and screenprinting.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance required

Visual Arts 1410
Photography (available only at Grenfell Campus) introduces the theory and technique of photography using the digital camera and its controls and incorporating the use of Photoshop for photography. The course also introduces theories and genres of photopragic vision, the use of the medium to explore a personal vision, image editing, and service bureau printing.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required

Visual Arts 1520
Textile and Fibre Art (available only at Grenfell Campus) explores various textile and fibre materials and processes used in contemporary art studio practice.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required

Visual Arts 1610
Introduction to Computers and Art (available only at Grenfell Campus) provides an initial exploration of how computational technology can be a creative tool applied to all creative practives involving the essential applications for imaging and dissemination, includes but is not limited to vector illustration, photo manipulation, digital painting and use of presentation technologies. A key notion in this course is that of personal workflow approaches.
Co-requisite: VART 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required

Visual Arts 1810
Introduction to Time-Based Art (available only at Grenfell Campus) introduces students to art practices that employ time, such as animation, video, sound art, and live art. This course may require attendance at screenings, performances, and/or visitng artist presentations outside of class time. This course includes practice based research methodologies.
Co-requisite: VART 1911
Studio: Four hours per week
Note: Attendance is required  

Visual Arts 1911
Fine Arts Health and Safety (available only at Grenfell Campus) provides an overview to the culture and practice of health and safety in studio courses, as well as giving students information that will help them succeed at Grenfell Campus. This component is delivered through a series of workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and online training. The course includes: WHMIS, Personal Protective Equipment, art materials safety, basic First-Aid, studio protocols, tours and lectures to acquaint students with campus resources, and the purchase of a safety kit, WHMIS fees, and a course manual. This course is a co-requisite for all 1000 level studio courses. This is a pass/fail course and requires attendance at all sessions and completion of all online components.
Credit hours: Zero
Note: Attendance is required. Twelve contact hours and supplementary online components.

ADDITIONAL FIRST-YEAR VISUAL ARTS COURSES
(Subject to availability)

Visual Arts 1000
Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art Practices (Available only at Grenfell Campus) provides an introduction to two-dimensional art practices with selections made from drawing, painting, and printmaking. Design elements and principles, aesthetic concerns, the study of colour, and fundamental concepts of a variety of two-dimensional media, materials and processes will be explored. Ways of describing, analyzing, interpreting and assessing art will be examined. This course is open to both visual arts and non-visual arts students.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts1911
Notes:

  1. 4 hours of studio per week
  2. Attendance is required
  3. This studio course is also open to Non-Visual Arts Students

Visual Arts 1001
Introduction to 3D, Photo and Time-based Art Practices (Available only at Grenfell Campus) provides an introduction to 3D, photo and time-based art practices with selections from sculpture, installation, photo-media, time-based art and related practices. Design elements and principles, postmodern strategies, aesthetic concerns, and fundamental concepts of a variety of media, materials, and processes will be explored. Ways of appreciating art and artistic processes will be examined. This course is open to both visual arts and non-visual arts students.
Co-requisite: Visual Arts 1911
Notes:

  1. 4 hours of studio per week
  2. Attendance is required
  3. This studio course is also open to Non-Visual Arts Students

Sample program for first year

Students accepted to the BFA (Visual Arts) will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1000English 1001
Visual Arts 2700*Visual Arts 2701*
Visual Arts 19119 credit hours in 1000-level Studio courses
9 credit hours in 1000-level Studio courses 

 


 *denotes Art History/Visual Culture course

Contact Information

For additional information contact:
Gerard Curtis gcurtis@grenfell.mun.ca
www.grenfell.mun.ca/academics-and-research/Pages/Bachelor-of-Fine-Arts/Visual-Arts.aspx

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca