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Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2008/2009)
10.2 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree program is a professional program 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 program chair. It is intended that academic courses be chosen which will enhance the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) program and provide, as far as possible, a broad exposure to the liberal arts. The first year of the program 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) program 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.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) program is rigorous and demanding and it is assumed that students will normally be enrolled for full-time study. A student who withdraws from a course may put his/her program in jeopardy or be unable to complete the degree in the normally allotted time. Where circumstances warrant, any prerequisite(s) or co-requisite(s) for Visual Arts courses may be waived by the Program Chair. Any Visual Arts regulations may be waived by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies upon request of the Program Chair.

10.2.1 Admission Requirements
  1. Academic Requirements

    Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the University.

  2. Portfolio Submission

    In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the University, 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) program is limited and selection is competitive.

  3. Transfers From Other Universities/Colleges

    See UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Admission/Readmission to the University (Undergraduate).

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

    1. 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.

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

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

  3. A candidate whose average in Visual Arts courses falls below 65% in any semester will be placed on probation by the Visual Arts program.

  4. A candidate will be required to withdraw from the program if:

    1. The candidate's cumulative average in Visual Arts courses required for the program falls below 65%. OR

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

  5. A candidate will be denied graduation if, at the end of the final semester of the Visual Arts Program:

    1. The candidate's cumulative average in Visual Arts courses required for the program falls below 65%. OR

    2. The candidate's term average in Visual Arts courses falls below 65% in each of his/her last two consecutive semesters of enrolment in the program.

    A candidate denied graduation for either of these reasons will be permitted to register for Visual Arts courses without a waiting period and re-application, and is not bound by Regulation 8 (below).

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

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

  8. Candidates who have been required to withdraw twice from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) program 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 program 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 readmitted to the program will be required to repeat the failed Visual Arts courses only (in a semester when such courses are normally offered).

10.2.3 Degree Regulations

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

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.

  3. Visual Arts 2700, 2701 and an additional 18 credit hours in Art History

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

  5. Studio Courses

    Forty-two credit hours in studio courses as follows:

    1. 18 credit hours at the 2000 level.

    2. 18 credit hours at the 3000 level.

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

    Studio courses are offered in the following subjects: Drawing, Two-dimensional design, Three-dimensional design, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Printmedia, 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 art materials. Some courses may not be offered every year. Please consult with the Fine Arts Division prior to registration to confirm course offerings.

  6. Visual Arts 4950/4951

Program 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)
  • Twelve additional credit hours in 2000 level Studio Courses
  • Six credit hours in Art History Courses
  • Six credit hours in Academic Electives to be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor
  • Year 3
  • Twelve credit hours in 3000 level Studio Courses
  • Six credit hours in 2000 level Studio Courses
  • Six credit hours in Art History Courses
  • Six credit hours in Academic Electives to be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor
  • Year 4
  • Independent Projects in Studio I, II (4950/4951) 3 credit hours each
  • Six credit hours in 3000 level Studio Courses
  • Six credit hours in Art History Courses
  • Six credit hours in Academic Electives to be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor