Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (VISUAL ARTS)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

Admission Requirements

General Notes

Academic Performance

Degree Regulations

Programme Structure

Course Descriptions


BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (VISUAL ARTS)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree programme is a professional programme designed to educate and train the student in the history, theory and practice of the visual arts. Courses are offered in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Multi-media, Digital Imaging and Digital Multi-Media, and Art History. The curriculum is devised with the aim of producing well-rounded generalists with a solid grounding in all aspects of the visual arts. It illustrates the philosophy that artistic freedom and creative expression require both technical skill and intellectual vision, acquired through a disciplined application of effort and a critical awareness of artistic issues, past and present.

In addition to Studio and Art History courses, the student will take a number of appropriate academic courses from disciplines other than Visual Arts, chosen in consultation with the programme chair. It is intended that academic courses be chosen which will enhance the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme and provide, as far as possible, a broad exposure to the liberal arts. The first year of the programme consists of intensive foundation of co-requisite courses in Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design and Three-Dimensional Design in preparation for Introductory studio courses in the second year and intermediate studio courses in the third year. In the fourth year, the 4950/4951 studio courses are conducted as tutorials, that is, students will work independently on projects and confer regularly with instructors.

It is recognized that students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme must have occasional opportunities to view important works of art first-hand. Arrangements will therefore be made where possible for students to visit major art centres.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Academic Requirements

Applicants will meet the regular admission requirements of the University.

2. Portfolio Submission

All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of previous art work and a completed Visual Arts application form before April 15th of the year in which entry is sought. Although it is assumed that applicants will have had no previous formal training in art, evidence of suitability for study in the visual arts is required. Instructions for the submission of portfolios will be provided by the fine arts division upon request. Enrollment in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme is limited and selection is competitive.

3. Transfers from other universities/colleges

See Admission to the University, B.6.

GENERAL NOTES

1. All courses in Visual Arts, excepting Art History courses, and Visual Arts 1000, 1001, 2300, 2301 are restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree programme.

2. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme is rigorous and demanding and it is assumed that students will normally be enroled for full-time study. A student who withdraws from a course may put his/her programme in jeopardy or be unable to complete the degree in the normally allotted time.

3. Where circumstances warrant, any prerequisite(s) or co-requisite(s) for Visual Arts courses may be waived by the Programme Chair.

4. Any Visual Arts regulations may be waived upon request of the Programme Chair by the appropriate Committee of Undergraduate Studies.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

1. Attendance at all studio courses is considered vital to the programme and will be required. It will be used as part of the evaluation.

2.a) Students who fail a course in a studio discipline shall not take more advanced courses in that discipline until the failed course has been satisfactorily completed.

b) Students who fail any studio course will be required to repeat that course and obtain a grade of at least 65%.

3. Students must normally complete all 1000 level studio courses before advancing to any 2000 level studio course.

4. A candidate whose average in Visual Arts courses falls below 65% in any semester will be placed on probation by the Visual Arts programme. A student placed on probation at the end of the final semester of the Visual Arts programme will not be recommended for graduation.

5. A candidate will be required to withdraw from the programme if:

a) The candidate's cumulative average in Visual Arts courses required for the programme falls below 65%.

OR

b) The candidate's average in Visual Arts courses falls below 65% in each of two consecutive semesters of enrolment in the programme.

6. Students who have voluntarily withdrawn from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme and wish to re-enter must re-apply by April 15 for the upcoming Fall semester, or by August 30 for the upcoming Winter Semester.

7. Students who have been required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme and wish to re-enter must re-apply in competition after a lapse of two semesters by April 15 for the upcoming academic year.

8. Candidates who have been required to withdraw twice from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) programme shall be ineligible for further admission.

9. Students denied promotion with a cumulative average below 60% in Visual Arts courses who are re-admitted to the programme will normally be required to repeat all the Visual Arts courses of the term, including all the courses which have been passed (in a semester when the courses are normally offered).

10. Students denied promotion with a cumulative average of at least 60% in Visual Arts courses who are re-admitted to the programme will be required to repeat the failed Visual Arts courses only (in a semester when such courses are normally offered).

DEGREE REGULATIONS

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) a student shall successfully complete 120 credit hours as follows:

1. Six credit hours in English courses.

2. Eighteen credit hours in academic elective courses chosen from disciplines other than visual arts in consultation with the Programme Chair.

3. Twenty-four credit hours in Art History courses, including Visual Arts 2700, 2701.

4. Visual Arts 100A/B; 110A/B; 120A/B; 2000/2001; 3000/3001.

5. Three of a, b, c, d, or e.

a) Visual Arts 2100/2101
b) Visual Arts 2200/2201
c) Visual Arts 2310/2311, and/or 2320/2321
d) Visual Arts 2400/2401
e) Visual Arts 2600/2601

6. Two of a, b, c, d, or e.

a) Visual Arts 3100/3101
b) Visual Arts 3200/3201
c) Visual Arts 3310/3311 or 3320/3321
d) Visual Arts 3400/3401
e) Visual Arts 3500/3501

7. Visual Arts 4950/4951.

8. Six additional credit hours in studio electives at 2000 or 3000 level.

NOTES: 1) Visual Arts 2300 and 2301 and Visual Arts 1000 and 1001 are not accepted as credits towards the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree.
2) Graduation Work. One work of art done during the fourth year will be selected by the visual arts programme, in consultation with the student, and retained for the permanent collection of the College.

Programme Example:
Year 1 - Foundation Year
- Drawing I (100A/B)
- Two-D Design (110A/B)
- Three-D Design (120A/B)
- Six credit hours in Art History Survey I, II (2700/2701)
- Six credit hours in English Language and Literature



Year 2
- Second Year Drawing I, II (2000/2001)
- Two of:
- Introductory Painting I, II (2100/2101)
- Introductory Sculpture I, II (2200/2201)
- Introductory Printmaking I, II (2310/2311 or 2320/2321)
- Introductory Photography I, II (2400/2401)
- Six credit hours in Art History Courses
- Six credit hours in Academic Electives*


Year 3
- Intermediate Drawing I, II (3000/3001)
- One of:
- Introductory Digital Imaging I, II (2600/2601)
- Intermediate Painting I, II (3100/3101)
- Intermediate Sculpture I, II (3200/3201)
- Intermediate Relief and/or Intaglio I, II (3310/3311), or
- Intermediate Serigraphy and/or Lithography I, II (3320/3321)
- Intermediate Photography I, II (3400/3401)
- Multi-Media I, II (3500/3501)
- Six credit hours in 2000 or 3000 level Studio Electives
- Six credit hours in Art History Courses
- Six credit hours in Academic Electives*


Year 4
- Independent Projects in Studio I, II (4950/4951) 3 credit hours each
- Twelve credit hours in 2000 or 3000 level Studio Electives
- Six credit hours in Art History Courses
- Six credit hours in Academic Electives*

* To be chosen in consultation with the Programme Chair.

STUDIO COURSES

Studio courses are offered in the following subjects: Drawing, Two-dimensional design, Three-dimensional design, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Multi-media, Digital Imaging and Digital Multi-Media. Courses in a studio subject consist of six hours of practical work in a studio class each week. Assigned projects will require that considerable additional studio work be done outside scheduled class time. Students will supply their own artist's materials. Some courses may not be offered every year. Please consult with the fine arts division prior to registration to confirm course offerings.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TABLE OF CREDIT RESTRICTIONS FOR PRESENT VISUAL ARTS COURSES WITH FORMER VISUAL ARTS COURSES

CREDIT MAY BE OBTAINED FOR ONLY ONE COURSE FROM EACH OF THE PAIRS OF COURSES LISTED IN THIS TABLE.
Present Course Former Course Present Course Former Course
2000 200A 3501 352B
2001 200B 4000 400A or 402A
3000 300A or 302A 4001 400B or 402B
3001 300B or 302B 4100 412A
3100 312A 4101 412B
3101 312B 4200 422A
3200 322A 4201 422B
3201 322B 4310 432A
3310 332A 4311 432B
3311 332B 4320 432A
3320 332A 4321 432B
3321 332B 4400 442A
3400 342A 4401 442B
3401 342B 4500 452A
3500 352A 4501 452B



1st Year

100A/B. Drawing I. The fundamentals of drawing with study of line, tone, shape, volume, form, texture, space. Emphasis on drawing the human figure and studio problems. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Co-requisites: Visual Arts 110A/B, 120A/B.

110A/B. Two Dimensional Design and Media. Principles of color theory and color mixing. Painting techniques in various media. Emphasis on rendering of form in space and organization of two dimensional surface through studio problems. Attendance Required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Co-requisites: Visual Arts 100A/B, 120A/B.

1000. An introduction to two-dimensional media (design, drawing and painting) that will provide students with both studio experience and an increased sensitivity to aesthetic concerns. Students will investigate design principles through an exploration of visual fundamentals. The course will also cover basic drawing, including drawing from life and will introduce the study of colour through the use of a variety of media. These concepts will be explored through lecture and/or studio experiences. Attendance is required.
Studio and lecture: Three hours per week.
NOTE: Students are NOT expected to have previous drawing or art experience.

1001. An introduction to process-based media that will provide students with both studio experience and an increased sensitivity to aesthetic concerns. Students will be shown the fundamental concepts of a variety of process-based media with selections being made from the media of printmaking, sculpture and photo media (photography, digital imaging, performance, video). These concepts will be explored through lecture and/or studio experiences. Attendance required.
Studio and lecture: Three hours per week.
NOTE: Students are NOT expected to have previous art experience

120A/B. Three Dimensional Design and Media. Three dimensional form and spatial organization. Exploration of sculptural media through studio problems. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Co-requisites: Visual Arts 100A/B, 110A/B.

2nd Year

2000. Second Year Drawing I. (Same as former 200A). Development of drawing skills with emphasis on the human figure and studio problems. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 100A/B.

2001. Second Year Drawing II. (Same as former 200B). A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 2000. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2000.

2100. Introductory Painting I. Painting media applied to problems of spatial structure, light, color, volume and surface relationships.
Studio: Six hours per week. Attendance required.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 110A/B.

2101. Introductory Painting II. A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 2100. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2100.

2200. Introductory Sculpture I. Development of accurate and expressive control of three-dimensional media. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 120A/B.

2201. Introductory Sculpture II. A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 2200. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2200.

2300. Introductory Printmaking I. Introduction to printmaking techniques. Relief, Intaglio, Serigraphy, Lithography. Attendance Required.
Studio: Six hours per week.

2301. Introductory Printmaking II. A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 2300. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2300.

2310. Introductory Printmaking: Relief. An intensive exploration of Relief Printmaking concepts and techniques using wood and lino. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 100A/B and 110A/B.

2311. Introductory Printmaking: Intaglio. An intensive exploration of Intaglio Printmaking concepts and techniques. Also includes monoprint and collograph experience. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 100A/B and 110A/B.

2320. Introductory Printmaking: Serigraphy. An intensive exploration of Serigraphic Printmaking concepts and techniques. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 100A/B and 110A/B.

2321. Introductory Printmaking: Lithography. An intensive exploration of Lithographic Printmaking concepts and techniques. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 100A/B and 110A/B.

2400. Introductory Photography I. Basic techniques of black and white photography including negative exposure, film development and print production. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 110A/B.

2401. Introductory Photography II. A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 2400. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2400.

2600. Introductory Digital Imaging I. An introduction to the computer as an art-making tool. Computer basics. Creation acquisition, manipulation and output of digital images using several applications. Attendance required.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 100A/B, 110A/B, and 120A/B.

2601. Introductory Digital Imaging II. A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 2600. Students will learn to create original artworks directly on the computer and how to incorporate images from other sources using a color scanner. The ethics, aesthetics and theory of digital image-making for artists will also be addressed. Attendance required.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2600.

3rd Year

3000. Intermediate Drawing I. (Same as former 300A or 302A). Further development of drawing skills. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2001.

3001. Intermediate Drawing II. (Same as former 300B or 302B). A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 3000. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3000.

3100. Intermediate Painting I. (Same as former 312A). Continued development of painting stressing personal expression and critical awareness. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2101.

3101. Intermediate Painting II. (Same as former 312B) Continuation of Visual Arts 3100. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3100.

3200. Intermediate Sculpture I. (Same as former 322A). Continued development of skills in sculpture media. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2201.

3201. Intermediate Sculpture II. (Same as former 322B). Continuation of Visual Arts 3200.
Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3200.

3310. Intermediate Relief and/or Intaglio I. (Same as former 332A). Projects in Printmaking. Relief and/or Intaglio. In consultation with the instructor students will select the medium or combination or media in which to work. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2311.

3311. Intermediate Relief and/or Intaglio II. (Same as former 332B). Projects in Printmaking. Relief and/or Intaglio. In consultation with the instructor students will select the medium or combination or media in which to work. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3310.

3320. Intermediate Serigraphy and/or Lithography I. (Same as former 332A). Projects in Printmaking. Serigraphy and/or Lithography. In consultation with the instructor students will select the medium or combination or media in which to work. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2321.

3321. Intermediate Serigraphy and/or Lithography II. (Same as former 332B). Projects in Printmaking. Serigraphy and/or Lithography. In consultation with the instructor students will select the medium or combination or media in which to work. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3320.

3400. Intermediate Photography I. (Same as former 342A). Critical evaluation of photographs. Continued development of photographic skills, use of color and larger camera formats. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2401.

3401. Intermediate Photography II. (Same as former 342B). Continuation of Visual Arts 3400. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3400.

3500. Multi-media I. (Same as former 352A). Projects in combined media. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Department.

3501. Multi-media II. (Same as former 352B). Continuation of Visual Arts 3500. Attendance required.
Studio: Six hours per week.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3500.

3510. Digital Multi-Media I. An exploration of computer based multi-media production on the computer involving 2-D and 3-D graphics, animation, video, sound and text. Attendance required.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2601.

3511. Digital Multi-Media II. A continuation of the work begun in Visual Arts 3510. Students will learn how to create original artworks directly on the computer and how to incorporate still images, moving images, sound and text using a color scanner, video camera, video cassette recorder, midi devices, etc. The ethics, aesthetics and theory of digital multi-media production for artists will also be addressed. Attendance required.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 3510.

4th year

4950. Independent Projects in Studio I. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will produce an independent body of exploratory work and a related written artist statement and description of the progress and development of their work. Students are required to present the written component and body of work at a term end critique with all members of faculty. Attendance required.
Prerequisites: 54 credit hours of studio courses.

4951. Independent Project in Studio II. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will produce an independent body of consistent work and a related written artist statement and final description of the work. Students are required to present the written component and body of work at a term end critique with all members of the faculty. Attendance required.
Prerequisite: Visual Arts 4950.

ART HISTORY COURSES

NOTES: 1) The prerequisite for all 3000-level courses is Visual Arts 2701 or History 1101 or permission of the Chair, Visual Arts.
2) No students shall register in any course having an initial digit "4" unless they have successfully completed at least six credit hours in Art History courses or by permission of the Chair, Visual Arts.

2700. Art History Survey I. (Same as History 2700). The history of art from pre-historic times to the Renaissance.
Lectures: Three hours per week.

2701. Art History Survey II. (Same as History 2701). The history of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Lectures: Three hours per week.

3700. Art History: The Italian Renaissance. (Same as History 3700). An overview of the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy with an emphasis upon the historical context in which art was produced.

3701. Art History: The Renaissance Outside Italy. (Same as History 3701). The Renaissance outside Italy from the late 14th century and the International style through the 16th century. As with the Italian Renaissance the art and architecture will be discussed in its historical context.

3702-3721. Art History: Special Topics. The range of special topics might include:
- Early Renaissance Art
- Art of the Later Renaissance
- Canadian Art to 1900
- 20th Century Canadian Art
- American Art to 1900
- 20th Century American Art

3620. Philosophy of Art. (Same as Philosophy 3620). Introduction to aesthetics; applications in Visual Arts, music and drama.

3820. Religion and the Arts. (Same as Religious Studies 3820). An examination of the role of art in the expression of religious ideas, together with a study of specific religious themes and concerns in one or more of the following: literature, film, music, painting, sculpture, and dance.
Prerequisite: Religious Studies 2810 or permission of the Department of Religious Studies.

4700-4729. Art History: Special Topics. The range of senior topics might include:
- History of European Art in the Middle Ages
- Art of the later Middle Art
- 17th and 18th Century Art
- 19th Century Art
- Modern Art I
- Modern Art II
- Art of the Ancient Near East
- Oriental Art
Prerequisite: Permission of the fine arts division.

4730. Art History: Modern Art I: Precursors to Modernism. (Same as History 4730 ["Same as Visual Arts 4730"). An examination of the cultural, social, and political forces that, from 1750 to 1850, were to have a major impact on modernity and later modern art.

4731. Art History: Modern Art II: Early Modernism. (Same as History 4731 ["Same as Visual Arts 4730"]). An examination of the various cultural and social forces between 1850 and 1914 that shaped the rise of the Modern movement.

4740. Current Issues in Art. Studies in Contemporary Art.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Prerequisite: Permission of the fine arts division.

4741. Art Criticism. Theories of Art Criticism.
Lectures: Three hours per week.
Prerequisite: Permission of the fine arts division.


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