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: Renaissance Art and Architecture (3,0,0)(L) HTA
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students study the history of Renaissance art and architecture.
Prerequisite: VISA 1120
VISA 2120
VISA 2120
History of Art: 17th and 18th Century Art (3,0,0) HTA
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students study 17th and 18th Century art and architecture.
Prerequisite: VISA 1120
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
Art: 1945 to the 21st Century (3,0,0) HTA
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students explore Art after World War II to Post-Modernism and the 21st Century.
Prerequisite: VISA 1120
VISA 2150
VISA 2150
History of Canadian Painting (3,0,0) HTA
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students survey 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
Students are encouraged to become more experimental and individualized in their approach to studio work. Students develop and address the subject, content and form of their drawings through practice and in verbal and written forms. Students explore key historical and current issues in contemporary drawing.
Prerequisite: 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 course introduces students to sculptural materials, techniques and ideas. Students gain practical experience in sculptural practices of both an historical and an experimental, contemporary nature. Key historical and current issues in contemporary sculpture are explored through lectures, seminars, and critiques of student work. Through these activities, students develop a basis for addressing the subject, form, and content of their artworks.
Prerequisite: VISA 1030
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: Screen-Printing 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students are introduced to basic techniques of water-based screen-printing, such as stenciling techniques, digital and hand-drawn transparencies, light sensitive emulsions and registration. Through the production of their own imagery and artwork, students explore the conceptual and practical aspects of contemporary print media. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and critiques of students' work.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020
VISA 2520
VISA 2520
Printmaking: Screen-Printing 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students advance their skills in water-based screen-printing. The use of digitally generated transparencies combined with hand drawn stencils is emphasized. Students work with computer-based software (Photoshop) to prepare continuous tone images, halftones, and duotones suitable for printing. Colour separation processes such as CMYK are introduced. Emphasis is placed on technical competency as students develop creative ideas in the context of contemporary artistic practice through printing screen editions.
Prerequisite: VISA 2510
VISA 2530
VISA 2530
Printmaking: Relief-Printing (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This introductory course in printmaking emphasizes the basic processes of relief and intaglio printing. Students consider a variety of mediums such as linocut, woodcut, collograph and metal plate printing. Students explore printmaking as an artistic practice in contemporary art, and advance their understanding of how current approaches relate to relief and intaglio prints of the Western European masters.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020
VISA 2540
VISA 2540
Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
This course emphasizes the etching-intaglio processes. Students further develop medal plate-printing using colour processes, chine-collé and multiple plate printing. Students examine historical and contemporary approaches to these mediums as well as an ongoing exploration of personal imagery.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020 or VISA 1210
VISA 2550
VISA 2550
Printmaking: Lithography 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
VISU
Students are introduced to fundamental techniques of black and white lithography, involving drawing on limestone and on metal plates. Processes in etching and printing are practiced in order to print editions of consistent prints. Students develop personal image-making and demonstrate technical concepts in the medium of lithography.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020
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
Students examine the fundamentals, materials and techniques of acrylic painting and related media. Emphasis is placed on formal aspects of painting, composition, colour, tonal relationships, and spatial concepts. Critiques, visual presentations, and projects engage historical and contemporary issues in painting. Students integrate conceptual knowledge and creative skills into their projects.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020
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
Students are introduced to the technical aspects of black & white analog and digital photography and the use of photography as a contemporary expressive and conceptual artistic medium. Technical and aesthetic aspects of photography are explored in the context of contemporary and historic photographic practice. A range of equipment, including 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, are utilized. Students are expected to complete assignments outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Prerequisite: VISA 1020
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