Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Art and Design Department

    • ART 140 Introduction to Printmaking (3 sem. hrs.)

      Studio course introducing the basic application and procedures of the two least technically demanding traditional methods of printmaking, relief, and screenprinting. The course is designed to provide a positive studio experience for non-Art students interested in art and its application to popular culture. This course is similar to Art 240 but is intended for non-Art majors; therefore Art 140 and Art 240 may not both be taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 180 Integration Forum (0 sem. Hrs.)

      A seminar for students in all levels of the program, this course is required for all majors (concentrations and minors are encouraged to attend). The core of the class is a visiting lecture series supporting presentations, critiques, and communication amongst local artists, faculty, and students. The class supports discussion of topical issues in art; facilitates communication regarding departmental and professional practices; creates a community of inquiry supporting one another’s production; addresses issues common to all students of art; and supports the integration of faith and art in preparation for a life in the studio.

      Prerequisite(s): None.


    • ART 181 Fundamentals of Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      This foundations level studio course cultivates visual intelligence through carefully sequenced drawing exercises, illustrated lectures, and readings. Perceptual, conceptual and technical skills are honed and elements of art and principles of design are explored through drawing and composition projects that give students an experiential understanding of a wide range of art making paradigms.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3; 0-3)


    • ART 182 Fundamentals of Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      A complement to the visual foundations begun in Art 181, Art 182 focuses on colour theory, and introduces three-dimensional, time and space-based contemporary practices and architecture. Visual practices and language are explored through weekly two and three dimensional projects widening students' experiential understanding of the wide diversity of art making paradigms.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 211 Life Drawing I (3 sem. hrs.)

      Through this intensive investigation into life drawing, students develop perceptual awareness, clarify vision, examine cultural and visual stereotypes regarding the body, and build an expressive visual vocabulary. Anatomical, formal, perceptual, and conceptual ways of working are explored. Students examine the ways in which culture, society, and theology influence imaging the body.

      Prerequisite(s):SAMC 112, ART 237 or 238 and ART 181. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 212 Life Drawing II ( 3 sem. hrs.)

      A continuation of the life drawing concerns introduced in ART 211.

      Prerequisite(s): SAMC 112, ART 181, and ART 237 or 238

      NB: Not offered every year. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 215 Beauty and The Sacred: Introduction to the Sacred Arts RP (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course introduces students to the particular genre of sacred art and the subject of beauty as central to the proclamation of the Gospel with which the Church has been entrusted. As such, beauty and sacred art are discussed as the subject matter of theology. The course reviews a broad historical study of the sacred arts beginning with Byzantine art and spirituality until the present, addressing aspects of painting, the written word, music, and architecture. A primary focus is the genre of sacred art as it impacts the Christian individual, the Church, and the world as a whole.

      NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ART 221 Painting I ( 3 sem. hrs.)

      This studio course focuses on the acquisition of basic painting skills. Colour theory is used in increasingly intentional ways as students explore strategies of using picture plane, shape, plane, volume, and brushstroke. Students are involved in issues of how personal voice and concerns translate into painting practices.

      Prerequisite(s): SAMC 112, ART 182, and ART 237 or 238. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 222 Painting II ( 3 sem. hrs.)

      A studio course designed with a view to increasing understanding of how painting skills have been used through history as carriers of disparate personal and socio/political meaning. Through a series of exercises in painting, students develop their painting skills and explore how seemingly intuitive choices made while painting always intersect with an artist’s personal expression as well as with public cultural theory.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): SAMC 112, ART 182, and ART 237 or 238. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 224 Byzantine Iconography (3 sem. hrs.)

      This studio course teaches how to make religious icons in the Byzantine tradition. Students are led through the preparation of the icon support, background, egg emulsion, pigments, and gold leaf application. The course traces the historical and theological basis for icons, divine rules, and prayers for iconographers.

      NB: Summer session only.

      Prerequisite(s): None.


    • ART 226 Issues in Art and Culture: 1850 to Present (3 sem. hrs.)

      Thematically examines how western artists and architects have engaged and sparked public debates through their art and writings, and investigates these ideas and controversies in context.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): SAMC 112, ART 181 or 182, and ART 237 or 238. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ART 230 Photography (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to photographic art. Basic techniques of digital and traditional photography are explored at an introductory level. These include but are not limited to: composition, lighting, review of darkroom procedures and production. Photographic theory is introduced as it relates to matters cultural, aesthetic, ethical and theological.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 237 History of Western Art (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines the visual images, sculptural objects, and architectural structures that have been produced throughout history. It traces chronologically some of the major developments that have influenced both Western and Eastern cultures from cave painting to the 15th century and examines the ways in which these participate in the political, social, religious, and economic climates of which they are an integral part.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ART 238 History of Western Art (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines the visual images, sculptural objects, and architectural structures that have been produced throughout history. It traces chronologically some of the major artistic developments that have influenced Western cultures from the Renaissance to the present, and examines the ways in which these participate in the political, social, religious, and economic climates of which they are an integral part.

      Prerequisite(s):None. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ART 240 Printmaking I (3 sem. hrs.)

      Studio course introducing the basic applications and procedures of printmaking through the medium of screenprinting. Involves black and white, colour separation, editioning, registration, proofing, and printing. Technical ability and conceptual development integrated during the execution of each project.

      Prerequisite(s): SAMC 112, ART 137 or 138; and 181 or 182. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 250 Fundamentals of Digital Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      A practical study of graphic design essentials specifically related to the elements of graphic style (image, type, and colour), conceptual ideation, and the visualization of ideas. Emphasis is given to investigating digital production practices, developing a visual communication vocabulary, and sharpening creative, analytical, and perceptual skills.

      NB: Priority given to art students.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 273 Ceramics I (3 sem. hrs.)

      A comprehensive introduction to and exploration of the expressive characteristics of clay through the investigation of various hand-building techniques. The potter’s wheel is introduced halfway through the course. Traditional as well as contemporary approaches to the skill are encouraged.

      NB: Off campus in Fort Langley.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 280 3D Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      Overview of the various stages in the process of design from idea to planning and production. Investigation of three-dimensional design through a study of the properties and characteristics of objects in culture and a study of the relationship between form, function, ideas, and ideologies.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 283 Sculpture I (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to working in three dimensions in a variety of media, including clay, wood, and metal. Historical as well as contemporary approaches to sculpture are examined to achieve an understanding of how to manipulate form, space, and expressive content.

      NB: Off campus in Vancouver. Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 182 or 280, and ART 237 or 238. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 290 Special Topics in Art (3 sem. hrs.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: Not offered every semester. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 291 Special Topics in Art (1 sem. hrs.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: Not offered every semester. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 292 Special Topics in Art (2 sem. hrs.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: Not offered every semester. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): None. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 305 Art Practicum (1 sem. hr.)

      In this art-related work experience practicing artists and other art professionals mentor students in areas of expertise widening the students’ exposure to artists, art historians, art institutions, designers, and their professional practices. Readings and mediated discussions address practical, theoretical and theological aspects of cultural contribution.

      NB: Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): Art major, concentration, or minor, and third or fourth year standing; or instructor’s consent. (0-1 or 0-1)


    • ART 306 Art Practicum (2 sem. hrs.)

      In this art-related work experience practicing artists and other art professionals mentor students in areas of expertise widening the students’ exposure to artists, art historians, art institutions, designers, and their professional practices. Readings and mediated discussions address practical, theoretical and theological aspects of cultural contribution.

      NB: Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): Art major, concentration, or minor, and third or fourth year standing; or instructor’s consent. (0-2 or 0-2)


    • ART 307 Art Practicum (3 sem. hrs.)

      In this art-related work experience, practicing artists and other art professionals mentor students in areas of expertise, widening the students’ exposure to artists, art historians, art institutions, designers, and their professional practices. Readings and mediated discussions address practical, theoretical and theological aspects of cultural contribution.

      NB: Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): Art major, concentration, or minor, and third or fourth year standing; or instructor’s consent. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 310 Drawing (3 sem. hrs.)

      Students explore formal, perceptual, conceptual, and subjective aspects of contemporary drawing practice. The criteria for description analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of drawings are widened to include contemporary cultural theory. Issues and themes of art-making practice after the initial decades of postmodernism are the focus of student projects.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 211 or 212. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 321 Abstract Painting (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course provides an in-depth look at the integration of theory and practice surrounding historical and contemporary abstract painting. Art elements and principles, particularly colour, are used with increasing specificity and intentionality. Students investigate how aesthetic choices realized on a canvas reveal the artist’s position within art, culture, and political history.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 221 or 222. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 324 Byzantine Style Iconography (3 sem. hrs.)

      Byzantine Iconography involves the making of art objects. Icons, however, were never made with the intention of being "art" as we think of art today. This class explores the historical and current purposes of iconography. Students make icons during the studio time in class.

      NB: Summer session only.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 224 and upper level standing or instructor’s consent.


    • ART 327 Modern Art History (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course traces the diverse artistic movements that developed in urban centres throughout Europe from The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London to the Dada movement in Zurich in the 1920s. Students consider the changing role of the artist and the way in which both the subject matter and the stylistic treatment of their art are shaped by and are a response to this "modern" world.

      NB: Not offered every semester.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 237 or 238 or SAMC 112. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ART 328 Modern Art History (3 sem. hrs.)

      Art strategies (in traditional mediums such as painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as film, video, performance) and the critical debates that arose in Europe and North America in the aftermath of the First World War to the present day in their social, economic, and political context. The rise and fall of modernism within the visual arts and the development of postmodern practices. The role of art in society, its relationship to mass culture, and what is at stake in maintaining socially engaged art today.

      NB: Not offered every semester.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 237 or 238 or SAMC 112. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ART 330 Photographic Vision (3 sem. hrs.)

      Informed engagement with our predominantly visual culture. Combining photography at the practical level (composition, lighting, review of darkroom procedures, etc.) with informed visual and photographic theory relating to aesthetic, ethical, and theological matters, participants are encouraged to embody a thorough re-visioning as photographers and thinkers who embrace a thoroughly Christian view of the world and its inhabitants.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): 3 sem. hrs. of Art and ART 230. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 340 Printmaking II (3 sem. hrs.)

      Printmaking is explored both historically and as a vehicle for self-expression. Both theory and practice of relief printmaking are studied.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 240 and 6 sem. hrs. of Art, or instructor’s consent. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 351 Intermedia (3 sem. hrs.)

      Through theoretical and practical explorations, this course investigates a variety of contemporary practices including multimedia, site-specific installation, sound, video, performance, and computer art. The boundaries of more traditional art experience are pushed to discover new possibilities of collaborative and personal expression using a variety of media in time and space.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): 15 sem. hrs. of Art and third or fourth year standing. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 352 Intermedia Production (3 sem. hrs.)

      This studio production course complements ART 351. Students spend the semester researching, planning, producing, and presenting a piece of work in the media they have chosen to develop in ART 351 (installation, sound work, video, performance, digital project). Unlike ART 351, where emphasis is on process, the emphasis in ART 352 is on production — following through with material, aesthetic, ethical, and social issues to produce a work suitable for a graduate portfolio or professional exhibition. This course also prepares senior students for their final exhibition.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 351. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 361 Imaging and Illustration Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      An exploration of the conception, production and analysis of imagery in graphic communication design, including photos, illustrations, and graphic marks. Imagery-based problems are investigated in multiple design contexts and formats. Specialized rendering techniques, digital studio practices and iconographic style development are considered.

      Cross-listed: COMM 381.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or COMM 230, and one of the following: COMM 112; COMM 212; ART 181, ART 182, or instructor’s consent. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 362 Symbol and Typography Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      An exploration of integrated conceptual thinking and formal experimentation with type and related symbol systems in graphic communications. Emphasis is placed on type as image, principles of typesetting, hierarchy and structure. The complex interaction of type in relation to other graphic elements in multiple design contexts and formats is considered.

      Cross-listed: COMM 382

      Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or COMM 230, and one of the following: COMM 112; COMM 212; ART 181, ART 182, or instructor’s consent. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 363 Format and Layout Design (3 sem. hrs.)

      An exploration of integrated conceptual thinking and formal experimentation with the structural and organizing systems at work in graphic communications. Emphasis is given to the development of unified graphic systems spanning multiple design contexts and formats.

      Cross-listed: COMM 383

      Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or COMM 230, and one of the following: COMM 112, COMM 212, ART 181, ART 182, or instructor’s consent. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 373 Ceramics II (3 sem. hrs.)

      Expansion of traditional clay forming methods. Examination of historical and contemporary art theory as it relates to ceramics. Creation of bisque molds to be used in combination with wheel formed elements to form a harmonious unit. Research, formulate, mix, apply, and fire high and low temperature glazes. Load and fire five different kilns.

      NB: Off campus in Fort Langley. Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 273. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 390 Critical Theory (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course introduces students to a broad range of critical and theoretical texts that have impacted art practices and the discipline of art history in the 20th century. The role of enlightenment aesthetics and the rise of mass culture are explored in relation to the formation of cultural modernism and how Marxist, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theories have challenged modernist conceptions. This course investigates the implications for Christians engaging with visual culture today, considers the theoretical underpinnings of postmodern theory, and cultivates the critical thinking skills necessary to engage in the current critical debates around visual culture.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 327 or 328. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ART 410 Drawing (3 sem. hrs.)

      This studio course guides students in developing independent, inquiry-based projects in drawing. Students investigate cultural theory; inquire into the interrelationships between aesthetics, theory and theology in relation to their emerging body of work; and locate themselves within contemporary art making practices.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): 15 sem. hrs. of Art and third or fourth year standing. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 411 Senior Studio (3 sem. hrs.)

      In this intensive studio course, students are guided through sustained research that culminates in a solo senior show during ART 412. With the approval of the Senior Studio faculty, sustained visual cultural research and the development of a body of work is executed. This work is self-directed and must demonstrate an increasingly high level of understanding of a professional work process and the resulting production. Through research, as well as written and spoken practice, students gain confidence and a voice to articulate visually and verbally as well as to contextualize their work in contemporary practice. Students research and write on the integration of faith and art.

      Prerequisite(s): 12 sem. hrs. of Art and fourth-year standing. (0-3; 0-0)


    • ART 412 Senior Studio (3 sem. hrs.)

      In this studio course, the research and experimentation in production done during ART 411 culminates in an intense semester of developing a sophisticated body of work for the Senior Show. A multidisciplinary environment is protected, and diversity in style and medium is emphasized.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 411. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ART 421 Advanced Painting (3 sem. hrs.)

      This studio course emphasizes the development of advanced artistic inquiry in painting. Students examine strategies for structuring and developing a visual investigation. By studying examples of serial and thematic approaches, students see how artists have developed bodies of sophisticated and exploratory work.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 321. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 435 The Incarnate Eye: Representations of the Body of Christ in the Latter Middle Ages and Early Renaissance (3 sem. hrs.)

      Through a series of focused readings, this course examines the diversity of visual representations of the body of Christ and considers the ways in which these images constitute a variety of signifying social practices within a dynamic social, political, or religious context. These issues resonate with a variety of contemporary artistic practices which confront the legacy of a dualistic enlightenment theology with a more visceral presentation of the body of Christ.

      NB: Not offered every year.

      Prerequisite(s): ART 237. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ART 490 Special Topics in Art (3 sem. hrs.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: Not offered every year. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Art or permission of instructor. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 491 Special Topics in Art (1 sem. hr.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: Not offered every year. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Art or permission of instructor. (0-3 or 0-3)


    • ART 492 Special Topics in Art (2 sem. hrs.)

      Topics vary from year to year.

      NB: offered every year. Course may be repeated.

      Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Art or permission of instructor. (0-3 or 0-3)

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