Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Second Year Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts: 2000 Level Courses

VISA 2110-3 (FINA 211) History of Art 3 (3,0,0)
VISA 2120-3 (FINA 221) History of Art 4 (3,0,0)
VISA 2130-3 (FINA 202) A Survey of Modern Art 1 (3,0,0)
VISA 2140-3 (FINA204) A Survey of Modern Art 2 (3,0,0)
VISA 2150-3 (FINA 215) A Survey of the History of Canadian Painting (3,0,0)
VISA 2210-3 (FINA 213) Drawing 3 (3,1,0)
VISA 2220-3 (FINA 223) Drawing 4 (3,1,0)
VISA 2310-3 (FINA 271) Sculpture 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 2320-3 (FINA 281) Sculpture 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 2510-3 (FINA 174) Printmaking: Screen Printing 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 2520-3 (FINA 184) Printmaking: Screen Printing 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 2530-3 (FINA 227) Printmaking: Etching and Relief 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 2540-3 (FINA 228) Printmaking: Etching and Relief 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 2550-3 (FINA 274) Printmaking: Lithography 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 2560-3 (FINA 284) Printmaking: Lithography 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 2610-3 (FINA 175) Painting 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 2620-3 (FINA 185) Painting 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 2710-3 (FINA 176) Introduction To Photography 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 2720-3 (FINA 186) Introduction To Photography 2 (3,1,0)

VISA 2110
VISA 2110
History of Art 3 (3,0,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This is a survey course in Art History in which students study Renaissance art and architecture.
Prerequisite: VISA 1120
VISA 2120
VISA 2120
History of Art 4 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This is a survey course in Art History in which students study 17th and 18th Century art and architecture.
Prerequisite: VISA 2110
VISA 2130
VISA 2130
A Survey of Modern Art 1 (HTA) (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This course identifies the origins of Modern Art in the mid-19th Century and traces its development up to World War II. This course emphasizes evidence of artists who moved European art from the narrative tradition to secularism and the subsequent explosion of change in the first decade of the 20th Century.
Prerequisite: VISA 1120
VISA 2140
VISA 2140
A Survey of Modern Art 2 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This is the second part of the two-semester Survey of Modern Art. Students explore the Modern movement after World War 2 and follow its development to Post Modernism.
Prerequisite: VISA 2130
VISA 2150
VISA 2150
A Survey of the History of Canadian Painting (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This course is a survey of the art of painting, from the colonial periods of the French and English in Canada up to, and including, recent concerns in Canadian painting.
VISA 2210
VISA 2210
Drawing 3 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
The students will be encouraged to become more individualized in their approach to research and practical work. Through lectures, seminars, critiques and readings, key historical and current issues in contemporary drawing will be investigated. Through these activities the student will establish a basis for developing and addressing the subject, content and form of their artworks in visual, verbal and oral forms. Although studio projects are demonstrated and introduced during class time, students are expected to complete projects in the studios outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1220
VISA 2220
VISA 2220
Drawing 4 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students pursue independent research and practice related to contemporary drawing. Seminars, group critiques and visual lectures complement students' development. Students gain a working knowledge of selected topics related to historical and contemporary practice of drawing in order to define and discuss their work in a present-day context. Students are expected to be self-motivated and prepared for independent practice.
Prerequisite: VISA 2210
VISA 2310
VISA 2310
Sculpture 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This is an introductory course to sculptural materials and techniques. Students will gain practical experience in the use of metals, concrete, stone, clay and casting techniques. Key historical and current issues in contemporary sculpture will be investigated. Through these activities, students will develop a basis for addressing the subject, form and content of their artworks. Students will be expected to complete studio projects outside of scheduled class hours.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1030, VISA 1210
VISA 2320
VISA 2320
Sculpture 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students explore a wide variety of media, skills, and strategies that define contemporary sculpture. Students are encouraged to develop individual content and to consider their work in a contemporary context, verbally and in writing. Students are introduced to aspects of contemporary sculptural practice, including installation and experience-based practice as a means of expanding upon considering sculpture as physical, three-dimensional objects. In-class demonstrations broaden students' range of technical processes.
Prerequisite: VISA 2310
VISA 2510
VISA 2510
Printmaking: Silk Screen 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This is an introduction to general screen-printing techniques with water based inks, hand-cut film, reduction screen, and hand-drawn positives. As these techniques are demonstrated, slide lectures on historical background will be provided and group critiques/discussions of student work will take place. Students will be allocated additional studio time for completion of assignments introduced and demonstrated in class.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1210
VISA 2520
VISA 2520
Printmaking: Silk Screen 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
A continuation of VISA 2510. In this semester the emphasis will be upon photoscreen and darkroom procedures. Students will be allocated additional studio time for completion of practical assignments which will be introduced and demonstrated in class.
Prerequisite: VISA 2510
VISA 2530
VISA 2530
Printmaking: Etching and Relief 1 (3,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This is an introductory course in printmaking which emphasizes basic processes of relief and intaglio printing. Students consider a variety of mediums such as linocut, woodcut, drypoint and metal plate etching. The intention of this course is to introduce printmaking as an artistic practice in contemporary art, and to provide an understanding of how such current approaches relate to relief and intaglio prints of the Western European masters of the past. Out-of-class studio work is required in order to complete projects that are introduced and demonstrated during class time.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1210
VISA 2540
VISA 2540
Printmaking: Etching and Relief 2 (3,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
A continuation of VISA 2530, this course emphasizes the intaglio processes. Students further develop intaglio techniques through such processes as collographs, chine-colle, color printing, and the use of multiple plates. While learning these techniques, students reinforce their knowledge of the basic processes of intaglio and relief printing. Students also examine historical and contemporary approaches to these mediums as well as an ongoing exploration of their personal imagery. Out-of-class studio work is required in order to complete projects introduced and demonstrated during class time.
Prerequisite: VISA 2530
VISA 2550
VISA 2550
Printmaking: Lithography 1 (3,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
The students will be encouraged to become more individualized in their approach to research and practical work. Through lectures, seminars, critiques and readings, key historical and current issues in contemporary printmaking will be investigated. Through these activities the student will establish a basis for developing and addressing the subject, content and form of their artworks in visual, verbal and oral forms. This course will introduce students to the printmaking mediums of plate and stone lithography. Course content will include a series of lectures and seminars pertaining to the history of these mediums, technical demonstrations, dedicated to the development and execution of black and white imagery utilizing these processes. Although studio projects are demonstrated and introduced during class time, students are expected to complete projects in the studios outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1210
VISA 2560
VISA 2560
Printmaking: Lithography 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students continue the practice of drawing on lithographic limestone and metal plates in black and white, and are introduced to color printing methods. Individual specialization in the mediums of photo-lithography, polyester plates, and plate lithography is demonstrated. Students practice the craft of lithography and are encouraged to develop personal imagery in the context of existing histories of printmaking, especially of lithography, as an artistic practice. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and critiques of students' work.
Prerequisite: VISA 2550
VISA 2610
VISA 2610
Painting 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
The fall semester centers on gaining a fundamental knowledge of the materials and techniques of painting. An emphasis will be placed on the formal aspects of painting: composition, colour, tonal relationships, and spatial concepts. Discussion will also take place about critical issues in contemporary painting practice. Students will be allocated studio time in which to complete assignments related to technical practices introduced in class.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1210
VISA 2620
VISA 2620
Painting 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This course introduces oil painting processes and related media in a contemporary context. Further development of personal subject matter, process, and content is encouraged. Visual presentations, seminars, and critiques form the basis for explorations of oil painting through assigned projects. Students are expected to complete paintings in the studio outside of regular class time.
Prerequisite: VISA 2610
VISA 2710
VISA 2710
Introduction to Photography 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This course is an introduction to technical aspects of black and white photography and the use of photography as an artistic medium. An understanding of these technical and aesthetic aspects of photography will be carried out in the context of an ongoing study of photographic histories. Students will be expected to find further studio time in order to complete assignments related to camera and darkroom techniques introduced in class.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020, VISA 1210
VISA 2720
VISA 2720
Introduction to Photography 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This course involves further technical and aesthetic refinement and exploration of camerawork, digital applications, printing and studio techniques. Students use these skills to produce artwork within the study of contemporary artists working with photo-based media. Students are expected to find further studio time in order to complete assignments introduced and discussed in class.
Prerequisite: VISA 2710