Course Descriptions

Visual Arts, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

VISA: Visual Arts

VISA 090 (0) Safety Training
Develops students' competence in using the tools in the woodshop and metalshop through demonstrations and the completion of a small project. This non-credit course is required in order to work in these facilities. Pass/Fail.
VISA 102 (3) Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices I
This foundation course will introduce the principles, practices, and concepts central to drawing and two-dimensional art. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 102, VISA 133, or VISA 135. [2-2-0]
VISA 103 (3) Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices II
Continuation of VISA 102. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 103, VISA 143, or VISA 145. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 102.
VISA 104 (3) Three-Dimensional Art Practices I
This foundation course will introduce the materials, principles of form and space, and ideas in contemporary 3D art practices. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 104 or VISA 136. [2-2-0]
VISA 105 (3) Three-Dimensional Art Practices II
Continuation of VISA 104. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 105 or VISA 146. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 104.
VISA 106 (3) Introduction to Digital Media I
Introduces digital media in contemporary art practice through photography, computer imaging, video, and other emerging digital technologies. [1-3-0]
VISA 108 (3) Introduction to Digital Media II
Expands on digital media in contemporary art practices through computer imaging, animation, and other emerging digital technologies. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 106.
VISA 110 (3) Studies in Photography
Introduction to digital photography and its cultural context. Fundamental techniques of digital photography and principles of visual communication as applied to contemporary photography. [2-1-0]
VISA 137 (3) Introduction to Art I
Survey of art theory and practice for students with little or no previous art experience. A wide range of ideas, approaches, and media will be studied. [2-1-0]
VISA 147 (3) Introduction to Art II
Continuation of VISA 137. Students will use the concepts and materials presented in VISA 137 to develop solutions to two- and three-dimensional problems presented by the instructor. [2-1-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 137.
VISA 200 (3) Studio Theory I
Introduces students to key concepts and theoretical frameworks relevant to contemporary art practice. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
VISA 201 (3) Studio Theory II
Continuation of VISA 200. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 200.
VISA 206 (3) Sound Art
Introduction to the art of listening, acoustic communication, sound making, sound technology and interaction. The course covers the basic principles and properties of sound and its applications in digital media creation. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 108.
VISA 215 (3) Painting I
Introduction to the materials and techniques of painting. Exploration of colour, surface, structure, and space. Students will be encouraged to search for personal imagery. Critical evaluation skills will be developed through individual and group critiques. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 145.
VISA 225 (3) Painting II
Continuation of VISA 215. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 215.
VISA 233 (3) Printmaking: Screenprinting I
Examination of the various processes of screenprinting. Project-based course with considerable emphasis on technical development and skills acquisition. Focus will be on the synthesis of a student's personal imagery and the process of screenprinting. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 143.
VISA 235 (3) Sculpture I
For the student who wishes to specialize in sculpture. Students will examine three-dimensional space through a variety of projects and materials. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 104, VISA 105 or (b) VISA 146.
VISA 244 (3) Photography I
Introduction to the basics of photography and darkroom techniques through the use of the camera as an expressive, conceptual, and artistic tool. A 35mm SLR film camera and tripod are required. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 106, VISA 108.
VISA 245 (3) Sculpture II
For the student who wishes to specialize in sculpture. Students will work with the concepts of space and materials to create personal solutions to problems set by the instructor. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 235.
VISA 251 (3) Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio Processes I
Introduction to a variety of drawing-based intaglio printing processes: etching, aquatint, engraving, and drypoint. Focus is on the development of each student's personal imagery. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 251 or VISA 263. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 143.
VISA 252 (3) Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio Processes II
Continued exploration into intaglio-based printing processes. Focus is on the development of each student's personal imagery. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 251.
VISA 253 (3) Printmaking: Screenprinting II
Provides opportunities for students to continue their exploration of the medium of screenprinting. More advanced processes will be introduced, with continued focus on the development of each student's personal imagery. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 233.
VISA 254 (3) Introduction to Printmaking: Etching and Lithography
Introduction to drawing-based printmaking processes - line etching and stone lithography. Focus is on gaining familiarity with these processes and on personal imagery. Basic drawing skills are an asset. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) VISA 103 or (b) VISA 147 or permission of the instructor.
VISA 255 (3) Introduction to Printmaking: Linocut and Letter Press Printing
Introduction to the printmaking processes - relief printing and text-based letterpress printing. Focus is on gaining familiarity with these processes and on the development of personal imagery. Basic drawing skills are an asset. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 103, VISA 147 or permission of the instructor.
VISA 256 (3) Photography II
A further refinement of photographic and darkroom processing skills emphasizing creative, conceptual, and experimental approaches. A 35mm SLR film camera and tripod are required. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 244.
VISA 258 (3) Printmaking: Linocut and Relief Processes I
Introduction to a variety of drawing-based relief printing processes: linocut/woodcut, monoprint, and collagraph. Focus is on the development of each student's personal imagery. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 258 or VISA 273. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 143.
VISA 259 (3) Printmaking: Linocut and Relief Processes II
Continued exploration of linocut and other relief printing processes. Focus is on the development of each student's personal imagery. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 258.
VISA 261 (3) Video I
Introduction to organizational, technical, creative, and critical skills required in video production. Provides experience in all stages of the production process, including pre-production, production, and post-production. Considers a variety of approaches to video, such as artist videos, music videos, and television productions. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 106, VISA 108.
VISA 262 (3) Printmaking: Lithography I
Introduction to lithography, a drawing-based printmaking medium. Focus on a project-based development of each student's personal imagery, covering stone preparation, the application of various drawing and photo-based materials, and the processing and editioning of multiple images. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 143.
VISA 263 (3) Intaglio: Relief I
Introduction to the intaglio and relief printing processes. Exploration of a variety of techniques and a range of visual possibilities via the media of etching, engraving, drypoint, woodcut, metal relief, collograph, and monotype. Focus is on the development of each student's personal imagery. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 263 or VISA 251. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 143.
VISA 264 (3) Computer and Imaging Development I
Introduction to the basics of computer applications for artists with emphasis on technical, conceptual, and expressive concerns. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 106.
VISA 265 (3) Computer and Image Development II
Advances the understanding of the use of computer applications for artists with emphasis on technical, conceptual and expressive concerns. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 264.
VISA 266 (3) 2D Animation
Introduces core principles and techniques required for the creation of two-dimensional digital animation projects. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 108.
VISA 268 (3) Strategies in Digital Art: Visual Communication
Concepts, principles, and techniques to design effective interfaces exploring areas of branding, information architecture and interaction design. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 108.
VISA 269 (3) Strategies in Digital Art: Virtual Worlds
Critical understanding and research-creation of virtual environments employing non-linear storytelling, media aesthetics, modeling, animation, interaction design and coding using 3D modeling software. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 108.
VISA 271 (3) Video II
Continuation of VISA 261. Further work on organizational, technical, creative, and critical skills required in video production. Provides experience in all stages of the production process, including pre-production, production, and post-production. Considers a variety of approaches to video, such as artist videos, music videos, and television productions. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 261.
VISA 272 (3) Printmaking: Lithography II
Continuation of VISA 262. Builds on the fundamentals of the lithographic process and incorporates advanced technical methods and project criteria designed to encourage the student's progress in the context of contemporary art practice. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 262.
VISA 273 (3) Intaglio: Relief II
Provides opportunities for students to continue their exploration of intaglio and relief printing. Advanced processes will be introduced while continuing to focus on the development of each student's personal imagery. Credit will be granted for only one of VISA 273 or VISA 258. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 263.
VISA 282 (3) Drawing III
Core course in drawing. Various drawing approaches, material applications, and image manipulation practices are explored. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of VISA 102, VISA 103 or (b) VISA 143.
VISA 283 (3) Drawing IV
Continuation of VISA 282. Extended exploration of various drawing approaches, material applications, and image manipulation practices. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 282.
VISA 290 (3/6) d Special Topics in Visual Art
For students in Visual Art and other Creative Studies programs who wish to work on a special topic not normally covered in other Visual Arts courses. Topics vary. Not offered every year. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the B.F.A. program or permission of the department.
VISA 300 (3-12) d Advanced Practice in Drawing
To extend students' abilities in mark-making, image production, and expression of meaning through drawing. Emphasis on developing personal visual languages. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 283.
VISA 312 (3-12) d Advanced Practice in Painting
Advanced studio course to increase the student's exploration and understanding of painting. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 225.
VISA 322 (3-12) d Advanced Practice in Sculpture
Advanced studio course to explore contemporary practices in sculpture. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 245.
VISA 336 (3-12) d Advanced Practice in Printmaking
Opportunity for students to continue their exploration of select media in printmaking (intaglio, relief, lithography, and screenprinting) within the context of contemporary art practice. Interdisciplinary crossover, evolving processes, and new materials will be encouraged. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 253, VISA 272, VISA 273.
VISA 362 (3-12) d Advanced Practice in Photography
Advanced studio course in digital- and film-based photography. Emphasis on photography as an artistic tool. No more than 12 credits in total will be granted for VISA 362, CULT 310, or any combination thereof. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 256.
Equivalency: CULT 310.
VISA 371 (3) Digital Documentary Production
Theory and practice from the point of view of producer/writer/director. Course culminates in the creation of a short-form documentary. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of CRWR 250, FILM 100, FILM 220, VISA 106, VISA 265, VISA 271, and third-year standing.
VISA 382 (3-12) d Advanced Practice in Media Arts
Advanced interdisciplinary course addressing the importance of technology-based approaches in contemporary art with emphasis placed upon the formation of an idea and the media most appropriate to its expression. No more than 12 credits in total will be granted for VISA 382, CULT 311, or any combination thereof. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of VISA 265, VISA 271.
Equivalency: CULT 311.
VISA 400 (3-6) c Practicum
Students work and learn in certain off-campus, art-related positions to receive credit towards the B.F.A. degree. The department head, the program coordinator, and the course instructor will determine if the activity meets the criteria to qualify for credit. [0-0-6]
Prerequisite: Completion of two 300-level VISA courses in the area of the proposed practicum activity.
VISA 460 (3/6) d Special Topics in Visual Art
For senior students in Visual Art and other Creative Studies programs who wish to work on a special topic not normally covered in other Visual Arts courses. Topics vary. Not offered every year. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing in the B.F.A. program or permission of the department.
VISA 482 (6) Advanced Art Practices I
Advanced studio course for fourth-year visual arts students. Students will propose and carry out an independent program of studio work in consultation with course directors and faculty advisors. Students will be intensively involved in artistic research and creation. Interdisciplinary activity will be encouraged. Self-directed readings, writing projects, individual and group critiques, and participation in a final exhibition will be required. Various professional practice topics will be covered. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: 12 credits of 300-level studio courses, and a combined minimum grade average of 68% in ARTH 301 and another 3 credit 300- or 400-level ARTH course.
VISA 483 (6) Advanced Art Practices II
Continuation of VISA 482. As part of the course requirements, students must participate in a graduating exhibition. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: VISA 482.
VISA 485 (3/6) d Directed Studies
Students will investigate a visual arts practice and complete a significant studio-based project.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing in the B.F.A. program and permission of department and supervising faculty.
VISA 520 (3) Special Topics in Visual Arts
Restricted to students in the M.F.A. program with specialization in Visual Arts, or with permission of the Department of Creative Studies.
VISA 530 (3) Directed Studies in Visual Arts
Restricted to students in the M.F.A. program with specialization in Visual Arts, or with permission of the Department of Creative Studies.
VISA 582 (3) Graduate Studio in Visual Arts I
A studio course for graduate students in Visual Arts. The production of independent artwork and the critical analysis of that work. Students may work in any artistic discipline. Restricted to students in the M.F.A. program with specialization in Visual Arts, or with permission of the Department of Creative Studies.
VISA 583 (3) Graduate Studio in Visual Arts II
The production of independent artwork and the critical analysis of that work. Students may work in any artistic discipline.
Prerequisite: VISA 582. Or permission of the Department of Creative Studies.

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