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)
Credits: 3
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In this course the student will be provided with an overview of Curatorial Practice. This will include a consideration of such topics as: types of exhibitions common to public and artist-run galleries in Canada; regional, national and international survey exhibitions; working with artists towards the planning of an exhibition; writing about artist's works in the context of contemporary art theory and criticism. Where possible, exhibitions at the Kamloops Art Gallery will be used as a basis for these studies.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing, VISA 1110/1120, VISA 1500
VISA 3020
VISA 3020
Gallery Studies: Exhibition Installation (1,2,1)(L)
Credits: 3
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In this course students will learn basic principles and techniques for the installation of exhibitions in a variety of formats. These are skills common to the preparatory staff at a gallery or museum. This will include a consideration of works of both a conventional nature, such as frames works, as well as more spatial and/or experimental works such as sculpture and installation. Where possible, the TRU Fine Arts Gallery, as well as the Kamloops Art Gallery, will be used as a basis for these studies. In addition, students will learn such skills as mat-cutting, frame construction, basic workshop skills common to exhibition installation, basic principles of lighting, the documenting of exhibitions, as well as basic principles of conservation.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing, VISA 1110/1120, VISA 1500
VISA 3030
VISA 3030
Gallery Studies: Gallery Administration (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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Students study the types of galleries existing in Canada, and of 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. The course provides a detailed summary of 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: 3rd year standing, VISA 1110/1120, 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
Critical Studies in Photographic Histories (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
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This course presents a critical overview of photography in Europe and North America, particularly as it relates to other disciplines of the visual arts and to media culture. This study of the various aesthetic and social movements which surround photography (such as modernism and feminism) will complement courses in other academic areas which examine material culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing
VISA 3150
VISA 3150
Art of the Italian Renaissance: Painting (2,1,0)
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 will 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
VISA 3310
VISA 3310
Sculpture/Intermedia (1,2,1)(1,2,1)(L)
Credits: 6
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This sculpture course will focus on art-making as the development of a visual language, and focus on finding the most effective medium or media for expressing a given idea, in addition to the acquisition and refinement of skills. Along with learning a number of current and/or traditional sculpture techniques, students will begin to examine their cultural milieu with a critical and wondering eye. Students are exposed to and will refine a wide variety of media, skills and strategies that define contemporary sculpture, including wood and metal fabrication, use of found objects, welding, and mediums and strategies such as site-specific work, installations and time based art like kinetic art, electronics, performance, video projections, and sound.
Prerequisite: VISA 1030
VISA 3510
VISA 3510
Studio Media: Printmaking (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
Credits: 6
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Drawing upon such specific mediums as etching and/or (stone) lithography, this course provides an exploration of printmaking. In class lecture time will be used to present practical demonstrations of a variety of fundamental printmaking principles and techniques. These will be linked to a series of projects that will be introduced to the students and which will encourage the development of personal imagery and innovation. A historical and contemporary context for these projects will be presented and discussed during seminar sessions. Seminar sessions will also provide a forum for the critique of student work. Out of class studio work will be required in order to complete projects introduced and demonstrated during the class time.
Prerequisite: VISA 2540
VISA 3520
VISA 3520
Printmaking: Intermediate Screen-Printing (2,1,1)(L)
Credits: 3
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This is a studio course in the techniques of screen-printing at the intermediate level. This course will provide the opportunity for continued research in stencilling techniques, new and traditional photographic technology, colour, printing, alternative inks, unique printing surfaces and combination printing methods with other media. Students will be required to create a body of artwork that demonstrates their theoretical conceptual knowledge of contemporary screen-printing media. Discussions in seminars will cover examples of artwork by contemporary artists who work in the screen-printing discipline.
Prerequisite: VISA 2520
VISA 3610
VISA 3610
Painting 3 (3,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
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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 painting 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: Third year standing and VISA 2620
VISA 3620
VISA 3620
Painting 4 (3,1,0)(L) Studio
Credits: 3
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This course is a continuation of the issues introduced in VISA 3610. Independent research and practice will be combined with seminars, group critiques and slide lectures. Students will develop a working knowledge of selected topics related to the history and theory of painting in order to define and discuss their work in a contemporary context. From the studio demonstrations and projects introduced in class, students will develop their works in the studios outside of class time. Students are expected to be self-motivated and prepared for independent practice.
Prerequisite: Third year standing and VISA 3610
VISA 3630
VISA 3630
Studio Media: Painting and Drawing (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
Credits: 6
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This course provides an exploration of drawing and painting, as well as the ways in which these two disciplines overlap and interact with one another in historical and contemporary artistic practice. In-class lectures will be used to present both theoretical/historical material as well as the practical methods of creating artistic works in the areas of drawing, painting, and mixed-media collage. Seminars will be used to critique student work as well as for such things as the discussion of readings and student presentations. Out of class studio work will be required in order to complete projects introduced and demonstrated during the class time.
Prerequisite: VISA 2620
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
Studio Media: Photography and Literature - A Canadian Perspective (2,1,0)(2,1,0)(L)
Credits: 6
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This studio-based course serves equally as a practical introduction to photography and an exploration of relationships between image and text. From a Canadian perspective, a variety of literary and critical works of historical and contemporary photographers are considered. Projects will include photographic series, critical essays and interdisciplinary works which bridge the gap between the traditional disciplines of Art and English.
Prerequisite: Foundation Year
Note: This course would be accessible to students without much prior photographic experience but would also be of interest to students who have taken other photography courses. Out of class studio work will be required in order to complete projects introduced and demonstrated during the class time.
VISA 3810
VISA 3810
Directed Studies: 2D (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)(L)
Credits: 6
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This course is intended to allow for the development of a personal body of work, primarily in some two dimensional medium such as Drawing, Painting, Photography or Printmaking. Students in this course will work in the Fine Arts studios under the supervision of a faculty advisor towards the creation of such an independent body of work. Priority will be given to BFA students.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing, and completion of third-year courses in the appropriate discipline.
VISA 3820
VISA 3820
Directed Studies: 3D (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)(L)
Credits: 6
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This course is intended to allow for the development of a personal body of work, primarily in some three dimensional medium such as Ceramics, Sculpture or Interdisciplinary forms. Students in this course will work in the Fine Arts studios under the supervision of a faculty advisor towards the creation of such an independent body of work. Priority will be given to BFA students.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing, and completion of third-year courses in the appropriate discipline.
VISA 3830
VISA 3830
***Special Topics in Visual Arts (3,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
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This is a variable content course which will change from semester to semester. Normally, the themes that are addressed in the course will be ones which complement, or otherwise lie outside, our regular departmental offerings. Such topics of study might include: Alternative Processes in Photography, Papermaking, Landscape Studies, etc. This course will normally be for students with third year standing in the Fine Arts or in some related Arts degree program. Check with the department Chairperson to find out about current offerings as well as any necessary prerequisites. Students should understand that additional studio time will be needed outside of timetabled hours in order to complete practical studies of techniques and processes demonstrated in class.
Prerequisite: Check with the department Co-ordinator to find out about prerequisites as they may vary from offering to offering.