Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 ART 250

Foundations in Digital Design

An active exploration of graphic design essentials, creative ideation methods, and visual communication techniques. Students use creative thinking methodologies to experiment with a wide range of design approaches, evaluate the aesthetic and conceptual value of specific design solutions, and sharpen their creative, critical thinking, and perceptual skills.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
NB: Priority given to SAMC 110 Design and Media and Communication students
Cross-listed: MCOM 231
2021-2022 ART 280

3D Design

The course investigates three-dimensional design and overviews the various stages in the process of design from ideation and planning to production. Through a study of the properties and characteristics of objects within cultures, students focus on relationships between form, function, ideas and ideologies.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
NB: Not offered every year
2021-2022 ART 283

Sculpture I

An introduction to working in three dimensions in a variety of media, including clay, wood, and metal. Historical and contemporary approaches to sculpture are examined to achieve an understanding of the relationship of materials to form, space, expressive content, and the construction of meaning.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 181 or 182, and ART 237 or 238 (0-3 or 0-3)
NB: Not offered every year
2021-2022 ART 290

Special Topics in Art

Topics vary from year to year.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
NB: Not offered every semester. Course may be repeated
2021-2022 ART 305

Art Practicum

In this art-related work experience, students are invited into embodied and experiential inquiry. Students immerse themselves into a hands-on investigation of professional practices while being mentored by practicing artists and other art professionals in areas of creative and critical expertise. This participatory experience may include guidance from artists, art historians, art institutions, designers, art therapists, and others.

Course Credits: 1
Prerequisite(s): Art major, concentration, or minor, and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent
NB: Course may be repeated
2021-2022 ART 310

Drawing

Students explore inquiry-based perceptual, abstract, conceptual, and performative definitions of contemporary drawing practice. The criteria for defining, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating drawings are widened to embrace current theoretical frameworks. Issues and themes of drawing practice after the initial decades of postmodernism are the focus of student inquiries/projects.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 211 or 212
NB: Not offered every year
2021-2022 ART 321

Abstract Painting

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 221 or 222
2021-2022 ART 327

Modern Art History

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"ť world.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 237 or ART 238
NB: Not offered every semester
2021-2022 ART 328

Modern Art History

This course explores how 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, reflect the social, economic, and political context charting the rise and fall of modernism and the transition to postmodern practices within the visual arts. The role of art in society, its relationship to mass culture, and what is at stake in maintaining socially engaged art today are considered.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): one of ART 237 or 238 or SAMC 112
NB: Not offered every semester
2021-2022 ART 330

Photographic Vision

Cultivating an informed engagement with our predominantly visual culture, this course combines photographic technical skill (composition, lighting, darkroom procedures, etc.) with informed cultural photographic theory relating to aesthetic, ethical, and theological issues. Participants are encouraged to embody a re-visioning as photographers and thinkers who embrace a Christian view of the world and its inhabitants.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 3 sem hrs of art and ART 230 (0-0 0-3)
NB: Not offered every year
2021-2022 ART 331

Video Game Art

A critical evaluation of the deployment of visual art in video games. Student will develop a broad appreciation for the incredible variety of video game art and consider the spiritual, moral and ethical issues surrounding visual design choices in game development. Student will engage theories and tools that will enhance student participation in development projects.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 2nd year standing or higher.
Cross-listed: GAME 331
2021-2022 ART 340

Printmaking II

Printmaking is explored historically, and as a vehicle for critical inquiry and self-expression. Critical, theoretical, and practical aspects of relief printmaking are studied.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 240 and 6 sem hrs of art, or instructor's consent. (0-0 0-3)
NB: Not offered every year
2021-2022 ART 351

Intermedia

Integrating cultural theory with material experimentations, this course investigates a variety of contemporary practices and themes, including, but not limited to, multimedia investigations, sitespecific installation, soundscapes, video, performance, and phenomenologically driven practices. 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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 15 sem hrs of Art and third or fourth year standing
NB: Not offered every year
2021-2022 ART 361

Imaging and Illustration Design

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or COMM 230, and one of the following COMM 112 COMM 212 ART 181, ART 182, or instructor's consent
Cross-listed: MCOM 331
2021-2022 ART 362

Symbol & Typography Design

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or MCOM 231, and one of the following MCOM 111 MCOM 261 ART 181, ART 182, or instructor's consent
Cross-listed: MCOM 332
2021-2022 ART 363

Format and Layout Design

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.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or MCOM 231, and one of the following: MCOM 111, MCOM 261, ART 181, ART 182, or instructor's consent.
Cross-listed: MCOM 333
2021-2022 ART 364

Interaction Design

Introduces students to the design of interactive digital experiences with a focus on website design, User Experience (UX) design, and User Interface (UI) design. Students will learn the core concepts and principles of interaction design by working through technical and design projects using industry standard design software. Students leave this course with the ability to build basic websites and design digital experiences that follow current interaction design standards and methodologies.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 250 or MCOM 231
Cross-listed: MCOM 334
2021-2022 ART 370

Professional Practices

An overview of professional practices in art and design, with a focus on developing the practical skills and materials necessary for sustainable and healthy art and design careers. Students will engage in professional writing, portfolio development, networking, and career planning.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 3rd year standing (or higher)
2021-2022 ART 390

Cultural Theory

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 through to the current day. 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 current critical debates within visual culture.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): ART 327 or 328.
NB: Not offered every year.
2021-2022 ART 410

Drawing

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

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 15 sem. hrs. of art and third or fourth year standing.
NB: Not offered every year.