Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Third Year Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts: 3000 Level Courses

VISA 3010-3 (FINA 3200) Gallery Studies: Exhibition Curating (2,1,0)
VISA 3020-3 (FINA 3210) Gallery Studies: Exhibition Installation (3,1,0)(L)
VISA 3030-3 (FINA 3220) Gallery Studies: Gallery Administration (2,1,0)
VISA 3040-3 (FINA 3230) Gallery Studies: Public Art (2,1,0)
VISA 3130-3 (FINA 3410) Critical Studies in Photographic Histories (3,0,0)
VISA 3150-3 (FINA 3350) Art of the Italian Renaissance from Giotto to Michelangelo (2,1,0)(2,1,0)
VISA 3310-6 (FINA 3890) Studio Media: Sculpture (2,1,1)(2,1,1)(L)
VISA 3510-6 (FINA 3880) Studio Media: Printmaking (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
VISA 3520-3 Printmaking: Intermediate Screen-Printing (2,1,1)(L)
VISA 3610-3 (FINA 2120) Painting 3 (3,1,0)(L)
VISA 3620-3 (FINA 2220) Painting 4 (3,1,0)(L)
VISA 3630-6 (FINA 3870) Studio Media: Painting and Drawing (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
VISA 3710-3 (FINA 2760) Photography 3 (3,1,0) (L)
VISA 3720-3 (FINA 2860) Photography 4 (3,1,0) (L)
VISA 3730-6 (FINA 3900) Studio Media: Photography and literature - A Canadian Perspective (2,1,0)(L)
VISA 3810-3 or 6 (FINA 3110) Directed Studies: 2D (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
VISA 3820-3 or 6 (FINA 3120) Directed Studies: 3D (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
VISA 3830-3 (FINA 3610) Special Topics in Visual Arts (3,1,0) (L)
VISA 3010
VISA 3010
Gallery Studies: Exhibition Curating (2,1,0) HTA
Credits: 3
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This course provides an overview of curatorial practice; students examine the types of exhibitions common to public and artist-run galleries in Canada, as well as regional, national, and international survey exhibitions. Emphasis is placed on learning to write about artists' works in the context of contemporary art theory and working with artists towards planning an exhibition. Where possible, exhibitions at art galleries in the Kamloops region are used as a basis for these studies.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits and VISA 1120 or VISA 1500
VISA 3020
VISA 3020
Gallery Studies: Exhibition Installation (1,2,1)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
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Students learn basic principles and techniques for the preparation and installation of artworks in a variety of formats. These are skills useful to artists and common to the staff at art galleries and museums. Students learn such techniques as creating frames and display apparatus appropriate to both two dimensional and three dimensional artworks, and consider the display of artworks of a more experimental nature. TRU's Visual Arts Gallery and/or the Kamloops Art Gallery may be used as a basis for some of these studies.
Prerequisite: 12 VISA Studio credits and VISA 1030
VISA 3030
VISA 3030
Gallery Studies: Gallery Administration (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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Students study various types of galleries that exist in Canada, and the ways in which their management and programming are structured. The range of galleries considered includes public and private galleries as well as artist-run spaces. Students study the various roles or positions in a gallery, including Director, Curator, Registrar, and installation staff, as well as volunteers, various committees and the Board of Directors. Students also explore granting agencies for the visual arts in Canada, including those at the municipal, provincial and national levels.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits and VISA 1120 or VISA 1500
VISA 3040
VISA 3040
Gallery Studies: Public Art (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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In this course students will study the function of art created for public spaces as well as the collecting of art in public institutions. In considering the role of art created for public spaces this study will combine a historic overview with an examination of works commissioned by recent and contemporary artists. Similarily, the study of collections held by such organizations as the Canada Council and public galleries in Canada will be contextualized within an understanding of the historical development of museum and gallery collections. These studies will also include such topics as: policy development; cataloguing collections; application and jurying processes for public commissions, and working with scaled plans.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing, VISA 1110/1210, VISA 1500
VISA 3130
VISA 3130
History of Photography (3,0,0) HTA
Credits: 3
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Students examine photography with an emphasis on European and North American traditions in a global context. The relationship of photography to other disciplines of the visual arts and to media culture is considered. The study of various aesthetic and social movements related to photography, such as modernism, post-modernism, and feminism is also covered. This complements courses in other academic areas that examine material and technological culture in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits
VISA 3150
VISA 3150
Art of the Italian Renaissance: Painting (2,1,0) HTA
Credits: 3
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Students study the major works of Italian Renaissance painting from the rise of the city-states (c. 1250) to the phenomenon of Mannerism of the 16th-century. Topics include the new conception of the artist and the changing role of the patron as well the transformation of traditional artistic genres to the humanist approach to the painting of the Renaissance. Painters studied in this course range from Giotto to late Michelangelo.
Prerequisite: VISA 1120 and completion of 45 credits
VISA 3310
VISA 3310
Sculpture/Intermedia (1,2,1)(1,2,1)(L) Studio, CPA
Credits: 6
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The course focuses on finding the the most effective sculptural medium or media for exploring thematic ideas and students' individual interests. Along with considering current and/or traditional sculpture techniques, the course encourages an interdisciplinary approach in which students may draw upon other courses and experiences. Students are exposed to, and employ, a wide variety of approaches, ranging from sculpture's long-standing interest in physical objects to contemporary use of installation and time-based media.
Prerequisite: VISA 1030 or VISA 2320 and completion of 45 credits
VISA 3510
VISA 3510
Printmaking (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio
Credits: 6
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This course draws on the processes of etching and intaglio encouraging students to work with advanced plate-making techniques. Colour printing, the use of multiple plates, photo-etching and specialized processes are demonstrated. Different forms of presentation for the printed image are explored through artists' books and contemporary prints. Greater emphasis is given to technical considerations and the development of a personal image-making. Techniques demonstrated encourage work of increasing complexity.
Prerequisite: VISA 2540
VISA 3520
VISA 3520
Printmaking: Advanced Screen-Printing (2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio
Credits: 3
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Students utilize advanced techniques of screen-printing towards artistic research and production. Techniques include computer generated positives, photographic technology, alternative inks, printing on unique surfaces and a combination of stencilling methods. Students create a body of artwork that demonstrates conceptual knowledge of contemporary screen-printing. Examples of artwork by contemporary artists who work in the screen-printing discipline are emphasized. Students are encouraged to pursue a personal direction in their image-making.
Prerequisite: VISA 2520
VISA 3610
VISA 3610
Painting 3 (3,1,0)(L) CPA, Studio
Credits: 3
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This course encourages an increasingly creative and individualized approach to painting. Through lectures, seminars, critiques and readings, key historical and current issues in contemporary painting are examined. Emphasis is placed on establishing students' research and critique skills to address the subject, content, and form of their paintings in both visual and verbal forms.
Prerequisite: VISA 2620
VISA 3620
VISA 3620
Painting 4 (2,2,0)(L) Studio, CPA
Credits: 3
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Students advance their research and creative practice. Production is informed by seminars, critiques, and lectures. Students advance their knowledge of the history, current practice, and theory of painting to define, develop and discuss their work in a contemporary context.
Prerequisite: VISA 3610
VISA 3630
VISA 3630
Drawing and Painting (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio
Credits: 6
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Students explore contemporary drawing and painting, as both separate and interrelated media, in current artistic practice. Lectures present both theoretical and historical material, as well as practical methods for creating artistic works in areas of drawing, painting, mixed-media collage, and assemblage. Seminars are used to critique student work and to discuss readings and student presentations.
Prerequisite: VISA 2210 or VISA 2610
VISA 3710
VISA 3710
Photography 3 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
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In this course students become increasingly individualized in their approach to research and practical work in photography. Lectures, seminars, and technical demonstrations provide students with multiple formal and conceptual approaches to contemporary photographic history and practice. Through these activities students establish a basis for developing and addressing the subject, content, and aesthetics of their artworks in visual, written and oral forms. Students complete projects outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Prerequisite: 2720
VISA 3720
VISA 3720
Photography 4 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
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Students explore creative, conceptual and experimental approaches to photography emphasizing the use of analog and digital technologies. Independent research and practice is combined with technical demonstrations, group critiques, and lectures on contemporary photographic practice. Students develop a working knowledge of selected topics related to the history, theory, and aesthetics of photography in order to define and discuss their artwork within a contemporary context. Students are expected to be self-motivated and prepared for independent practice.
Prerequisite: VISA 3710
VISA 3730
VISA 3730
Photography and Literature (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 6
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This studio-based course explores relationships between image and text, particularly as it relates to photographic practice. A variety of visual, literary and critical works, by historical and contemporary artists and authors, are considered. Projects include photographic series, creative writing, and interdisciplinary works that examine the connections between art and literature. This course is accessible to students who have no prior photographic experience, but it would also be of interest to students who have previously taken photography courses.
Prerequisite: VISA 2710 or completion of 45 credits
VISA 3810
VISA 3810
Directed Studies: 2D (2,2,0) or (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio
Credits: 6
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This course encourages the development of a personal body of work, primarily in some two dimensional medium such as drawing, painting, photography, or printmaking. Students work in the Visual Arts studios under the supervision of a faculty advisor towards the creation of an independent body of work. Students also work independently in the Visual Arts studios outside class time towards the completion of course work Priority is given to BFA students.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits, completion of VISA Studio courses appropriate to the discipline and approval by department chair or program advisor
VISA 3820
VISA 3820
Directed Studies: 3D (2,2,0) or (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio
Credits: 6
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This course encourages the development of a personal body of work, primarily in some three dimensional medium such as sculpture or interdisciplinary media. Students work in the Visual Arts studios under the supervision of a faculty advisor towards the creation of an independent body of work. Students work in the Visual Arts studios outside class time towards the completion of course work. Priority is given to Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits, completion of VISA studio courses appropriate to the discipline and approval by department chair or program advisor
VISA 3830
VISA 3830
***Selected Topics in Visual Arts Studio (3,1,0)(L) CPA
Credits: 3
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This is a variable content course. Themes addressed in the course are ones that complement, or otherwise, lie outside the Visual Arts Program's regular offerings. Please see the current course schedule or the Program Coordinator to receive information on current offerings, including any that may be open to students outside Visual Arts. Independent work in the Visual Arts studios outside of class time is required.
Prerequisite: Consultation and approval is required with Visual Arts Program Advisors regarding prerequisites as they may vary from offering to offering