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Visual Arts, BFA

Complete course descriptions can be found in the Grenfell Campus Fine Arts section of the University Calendar.

The University Calendar is the authority for all course information. ​

YEAR ONE

 

1000 

Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art Practices 

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.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

CR: the former VART 1510 and the former VART 1511

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1001 

Introduction to 3D, Photo and Time-based Art Practices 

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.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1010 

Introduction to Drawing 

introduces the fundamentals of drawing with study of line, tone, shape, volume, form, texture and space. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

CR: the former VART 1500

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1110 

Painting: Colour, Materials, and Processes 

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.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1210 

Introduction to Sculpture 

introduces the exploration of three-dimensional form, sculpture materials and processes, and of the organization of relationships and interactions between objects and space.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1310 

Printmaking: Relief and Screenprinting 

introduces visual language and concepts in conjunction with printmaking methods, materials and techniques via projects in relief and screenprinting.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1410 

Photography 

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 photographic vision, the use of the medium to explore a personal vision, image editing, and service bureau printing.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

CR: the former VART 2400

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1522 

Textile and Fibre Art 

explores various textile and fibre materials and processes used in contemporary art studio practice.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

CR: the former VART 1520

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1610 

Introduction to Computers and Art 

provides an initial exploration of how computational technology can be a creative tool applied to all creative practices involving the essential applications for imaging and dissemination. The course 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.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1810 

Introduction to Time-Based Art 

introduces students to art practices that employ time, such as animation, video, sound art, and live art. This course may include attendance at screenings, performances, and/or visiting artist presentations outside of class time. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 1911

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

1911 

Fine Arts Health and Safety 

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.

AR: attendance is required

CH: 0

OR: 12 contact hours and supplementary online components

YEAR TWO

 

2010 

Drawing 

explores drawing through a range of materials, processes, and concepts. This course leads toward the investigation of student-initiated ideas and concepts, as well as comprehension of drawing in contemporary practices. Some drawing fundamentals are also covered. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 2000 and the former VART 2001

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2011 

Expanded Field 

explores the territory beyond conventional boundaries of discipline-based practices.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2110 

Painting: Process and Materiality 

introduces painting with emphasis on materials, processes and ideas within a contemporary painting context.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 2100 and the former VART 2101

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2111 

Painting: Themes and Practices 

emphasizes thematic development and practice in painting. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 2100 and the former VART 2101

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2210 

Sculpture I 

develops accurate and expressive control of three-dimensional media with an emphasis on areas such as formed sculpture and installation/site-specific sculpture.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 2200

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2211 

Sculpture II 

develops accurate and expressive control of three-dimensional media with an emphasis on areas such as carved sculpture and constructed sculpture.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 2201

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2311 

Intaglio Printmaking 

provides intensive exploration of Intaglio Printmaking materials and media applied to development of visual communication skills, conceptual breadth and personal expression. This course is normally offered in alternating years.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2321 

Lithographic Printmaking 

provides intensive exploration of Lithographic Printmaking materials and media applied to development of visual communication skills, conceptual breadth and personal expression. This course is normally offered in alternating years.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2330 

Print Media 

introduces contemporary printing technologies as applied to the development of personal expression. The course is designed to develop the students’ critical awareness of print media while building technological, conceptual and visual communication skills. Technologies to be introduced include integration of computer or digital processes and photomechanical methods.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3300

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART including 3 credit hours from any of VART 1310, 1410, 1610, 2311, 2321, 2410, 2411, 2610, 2611

2410 

Photography I 

introduces students to film cameras, lenses, and their controls to produce film negatives for printing in the traditional black and white darkroom. Topics covered include negative scanning, large-format digital printing for exhibition, the use of Photoshop for photography, the examination of photo-theory, critical reading and critical evaluation of photographs. Students are encouraged to explore a personal vision. Studio time is balanced with regular illustrated lectures on the theory and history of the first century of photography.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3400

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

2411 

Photography II 

continues the use of digital and/or film cameras to produce files and/or film negatives for printing in the traditional darkroom and/or digital lab. The theory and aesthetics of photography is addressed through critiques, readings and lectures. Students are encouraged to strengthen their personal vision. Studio time is balanced with regular illustrated lectures on the theory and history of the medium since the 1930’s, with emphasis on contemporary photographic practitioners.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3401

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2410

2610 

Introductory Projects in New Media 

encourages individualized investigation in the potential and possibilities of New Media in the creation of personal artistic works. Techniques for working with vector and pixel based software are demonstrated with the goal of encouraging students to find their own particular approach to a New Media workflow applied to various mediums. Blended and alternative learning approaches are used.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 3 credit hours in VART

2611 

New Media - Motion and Media 

explores motion as a tool for expression and visual practice. Students are instructed in the use of tools for editing sound and motion (e.g. video, animation) with the goal of studying motion as a medium independent from the tools for production. Initial readings on theories of affect are combined with technical demonstrations to enhance notions of cross-fertilization between approaches and practices. Blended and alternative learning approaches will be used.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 3 credit hours in VART

2900-2909 

Special Topics in Visual Arts 

introduces a range of introductory topics that might include: Textile Practices, Japanese Woodblock, and Book Arts.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 24 credit hours in VART

YEAR THREE

 

3110 

Drawing/Painting Studio Art Practice 

explores various approaches to contemporary drawing and painting practices. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 6 credit hours from any of VART 2010, VART 2011, VART 2110, VART 2111

3210 

Extended Practice in Sculpture, Space and Installation 

develops independent artistic and personal expression utilizing areas of expression such as sculpture, definition and articulation of space and site; and the creation and presentation of three-dimensional media through the use of installation.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2210 and VART 2211

3310 

Extended Practice in Printed Multiples 

hones skills in any of printmaking, print media, digital output, multiple producing print processes and printed matter while developing a self-directed body of work. The use of these processes will be selected by students in consultation with the instructor. Students can focus on the tradition of printmaking or print media or an interdisciplinary production. The creation of printed physical output is emphasized. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3301

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 3 credit hours chosen from VART 2311 or VART 2321, VART 2330, VART 2411

3350 

Directed Studies in Printmaking 

is a professional work/study experience in Printmaking. Students will undertake their own projects in Printmaking. In addition, they will assist the Director and/or Master printer at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, NL in the day-to-day operations of the studio. Students are required to write a paper on an aspect of Printmaking as it pertains to St. Michael’s Printshop. Normally this course is available during Spring Session only (May to mid-August) so that students can experience the complete summer activities scheduled at St. Michael’s.

PR: 6 credit hours chosen from VART 1310, VART 2311, VART 2321 or VART 2330 and permission of the Program Chair

3410 

Extended Practice in Photography 

continues exploration in photographic/digital output by creating self-directed, coherent bodies of work. These explorations build toward the production of suites, folios, and/or sequences in print installations, webpages, apps, and/or physical photobook. Independent practice and ongoing research of process, structure, content and sequence are major components of the term’s work. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

CR: the former VART 3401

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 2411

3520 

Intermediate Practice in Textile and Fibre Art 

explores the expressive potential of textiles and fibre materials and processes.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 48 credit hours in VART

3610 

Computational Media 

explores process-based New Media for the production of spectacle. Students produce an independent body of work using computational media (e.g. projection, audio, installation) to create experiences designed for an audience. Instrumental to this process is the study of New Media theory concurrent with the development of software/programming skills, allowing space for any and all tools of expression. Blended and alternative learning approaches are used. This course is normally offered in alternating years.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 48 credit hours in VART

3611 

Making Art in the Age of Theory 

explores the intersection of creative practice and theory. Making artwork is a continuous exchange between studio practice and consideration of the social. Through the reading and discussion of influential texts and the exploration of related works and artists, students work with the tools of their choice to create art. Blended and alternative learning approaches are used. This course is normally offered in alternating years.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 48 credit hours in VART

3810 

Intermediate Time-Based Practice 

emphasizes concepts, media, and practices related to contemporary art that employ time. Students choose to work with performance, audio, video, relational art, interdisciplinary practices, new media and more. This course may include screenings, performances, and presentations and practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 48 credit hours in VART

3821 

Open Studio 

develops individual studio practice and research applied to the production of a self-directed body of work or project. Students work in a discipline or disciplines of their choice, or in an interdisciplinary way. Students define their research and creation based on a proposal, in consultation with their instructor. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 6 credit hours chosen from VART 3110, VART 3210, VART 3310, VART 3350, VART 3410, VART 3520, VART 3610, VART 3611, VART 3810

3850 

Experiential Learning: Community Engagement in the Arts 

is a directed-studies course that provides students with the opportunity to apply their course-based knowledge in a community context. Under the guidance of their visual arts faculty supervisor, students work with a relevant community partner or on a community-based arts project. This course includes practice-based research methodologies.

AR: attendance is required

PR: 48 credit hours in VART and permission of the Program Chair

3900-3929 

Special Topics in Visual Arts 

introduces a range of intermediate topics that might include: Ideas of Landscape, Word and Image, Installation, Performance, Art and the Environment, Non-Silver Photographic Processes, Book Arts.

AR: attendance is required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 48 credit hours in VART

 

YEAR FOUR

 

4800 

Senior Studio Seminar and Professional Practices I 

focuses on building skills in the understanding and articulation of concepts, research, theory, and practice involved in studio work. There are reading, research and writing components, including a support document. The course covers topics in a range of professional practices needed in the visual arts field, including preparation for graduate school. Visual Arts faculty and visitors offer presentations specific to their areas of expertise.

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 72 credit hours in VART

4801 

Senior Studio Seminar and Professional Practices II 

continues the process of building skills in the understanding and articulation of concepts, research, theory and practice involved in studio work. Course components include reading, research, writing and preparation for the graduating exhibition. This course covers topics in a range of professional practices with a focus on preparation for a professional visual arts career. Visual Arts faculty and visitors offer presentations specific to their areas of expertise.

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: VART 4800

4900-4929 

Special Topics in Visual Arts 

introduces a range of senior topics that might include: Photo Journalism, Art and Politics, Community Practices, Environmental Practices.

AR: attendance in required

OR: 4 hours of studio per week

PR: 48 credit hours in VART

4950 

Independent Senior Studio I 

develops an independent body of work and a related practice-based research methodology component under the supervision of a visual arts faculty advisor. Students attend regular meetings with their faculty advisor. Students are required to submit work at two critiques with visual arts faculty other than the student’s advisor. Students present the body of work and associated practice-based research methodology component to their advisor at the end of semester.

AR: attendance is required

CO: VART 4800

PR: 72 credit hours in VART

4951 

Independent Senior Studio II 

produces an independent body of work and a related practice-based research methodology component under the supervision of a visual arts faculty advisor. Students attend regular meetings with their faculty advisor. Students are required to submit work at two critiques with visual arts faculty other than the student’s advisor. Students present the final body of work and associated practice-based research methodology component to their advisor at the end of semester.

AR: attendance in required

CO: VART 4801

PR: VART 4950

ART HISTORY COURSES

The prerequisite for all 3000-level courses is VART 2701 or History 1101 or permission of the Chair, Visual Arts.

No students shall register in any course having an initial digit "4" unless they have successfully completed at least 6 credit hours in Art History courses or by permission of the Chair, Visual Arts.

2700 

Art History Survey I 

(same as History 2700) is the history of art from pre-historic times to the Renaissance.

CR: History 2700

2701 

Art History Survey II 

(same as History 2701) is the history of art from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

CR: History 2701

3620 

Philosophy of Art 

is an introduction to aesthetics; applications in Visual Arts, music and drama.

CR: Philosophy 3620

3700 

Art History: The Italian Renaissance 

(same as History 3700) is an overview of the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy with an emphasis upon the historical context in which art was produced.

CR: History 3700

3701 

Art History: The Renaissance Outside Italy 

(same as History 3701) is the Renaissance outside Italy from the late fourteenth 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.

CR: History 3701

3702-3721 

Art History: Special Topics 

has a range of special topics which might include: Early Renaissance Art, Art of the Later Renaissance, Canadian Art to 1900, 20th C. Canadian Art, American Art to 1900, History Context and Modern Users.

3820 

Religion and the Arts 

(same as Religious Studies 3820) is 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.

CR: Religious Studies 3820

PR: Religious Studies 2810 or permission of the Department of Religious Studies

4700-4729 

Art History: Special Topics 

has a range of senior topics which might include: British Art and Architecture, Modern Art, Modern Art II, Aesthetics, 17th and 18th Century Art, 19th Century Art, Research Project in Modernism.

4730 

Art History: Modern Art I: Precursors to Modernism 

(same as History 4730) is an examination of the cultural, social, and political forces which, from 1750 to 1850, were to have a major impact on modernity and later modern art.

CO: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

CR: History 4730

PR: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

4731 

Art History: Modern Art II: Early Modernism 

(same as History 4731) is an examination of the various cultural and social forces between 1850 and 1914 which shaped the rise of the Modern movement.

CO: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

CR: History 4731

PR: 6 credit hours in Art History or permission of the Chair of the Visual Arts program

4740 

Current Issues in Art 

- inactive course.

4741 

Art Criticism 

- inactive course.

Chair, Visual Arts

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FA 411
Phone: (709) 639-2511
Email: gcurtis@grenfell.mun.ca